Maas and Schijvens Corporate Fashion are joining forces with circular clothing

Maas and Schijvens Corporate Fashion are joining forces with circular clothing

September 7, 2021

We are completely moving across to sustainable work clothing in collaboration with Schijvens Corporate Fashion. We are making our clothing circular by collecting old work clothing and using this as a raw material for new work clothing. We recently introduced the new clothing for our baristas to mark the start of our collaboration.

Striving for a circular economy

Schijvens and MAAS have placed the minimising of their ecological footprint high on their list of priorities. We are committed to creating a circular economy together, where products are going to be reusable as much as possible – preferably 100% – and where as little damage to the environment and raw materials is done as possible.

Schijvens collects old clothing and uses this as raw material for its circular yarn. A total of 30% post-consumer textiles, 20% cutting waste and 50% recycled PET polyester from PET bottles, fishing nets and polyester clothing is processed within this yarn.

Why is this important?

The textile industry is known as the second most polluting industry in the world. The global production and consumption of textile fibres is expected to continue to increase at a rate of 3-4% per year. The production of textiles has a major environmental impact.

We strive to introduce all products in continuous cycles, in order to minimise our ecological footprint. A circular model therefore offers the perfect solution.  Schijvens does this by making a well-considered choice in the use of raw materials and materials for new work clothing, such as recycled plastic and recycled textile.

We prevent the waste of raw materials and limit our waste flows by collecting the old MAAS work clothing and using it as a raw material for new clothing. This has resulted in a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions, a 40% energy saving, a 99% water saving and 94% less soil pollution.

The next step in our collaboration

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We recently introduced circular clothing for our baristas together with Schijvens. Our service operators will also start wearing this circular clothing in the next step of our collaboration. A total of 600 operators look after and maintain the coffee machines at MAAS customers throughout the Netherlands every day. They receive new clothing to guarantee a professional appearance every year. From now on, this work clothing will be produced using recycled textiles. This allows us, together with Schijvens, to contribute to a circular economy, whilst also limiting our impact on the environment.