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Denmark's Fibertex earns sustainable origin certification

24 Mar '22
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Fibertex, a Denmark-based leader in technical nonwovens, is the first company to earn the Sustainable Origin Certification, a programme created in 2013 for the footwear sector – valid for all its product ranges. Fibertex has been perfecting nonwovens solutions for over 50 years towards a wider range of uses and business areas, with sustainable practices.

Brazil ranks highly in the global footwear industry and the Sustainable Origin Programme seeks to guide companies in the sector towards a high ESG performance level, following the best international practices based on economic, environmental, social and cultural indexes, and on sustainability management. Nonwovens are especially significant to the footwear industry.  In addition to their durability and versatility they offer regular gramatures, surfaces and thicknesses (allowing for higher manufacturing control), superior finishing (with non-fraying, cleaner and more precise cutting) and full utilisation of materials with lower waste generation, the company said in a press release.

Fibertex has also excelled in the industry by developing FiberReset, a high-performance nonwoven extracted from PET bottle fibres, thus responding to the challenge of creating a 100 per cent recycled product that combines superior performance and an endless range of finishing possibilities, which is a staple of footwear manufacturing, both in fashion and in sports.

The company earned the ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) certification since 2008. They also announced the internal traceability programme in order to certify the origin of 100 per cent recycled raw materials. The company has announced participation in UN´s Climate Change Panel in the COP26 Brazilian pavilion by introducing FiberReset, a product developed 100 per cent out of PET waste. It also unveiled water reuse and energy consumption from 100 per cent renewable sources in our manufacturing processes, according to Fibertex.

“This acknowledgement is the end result of several sustainable initiatives and of a consistent investment programme in technology and innovation in the past few years, from lower impact levels in manufacturing processes to a traceability programme of recyclable raw materials,” Carlos Benatto, Fibertex´s president, said in a statement.

“Due to our longstanding experience in the industry, we have developed an effective and reliable choice to the manufacturers so that they are able to achieve their goals of a higher use of recyclable materials in shoe compositions,” Nivea Furlan, Fibertex´s sales and marketing director, said.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)

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