Act for Home Textiles

The end consumer has a growing awareness for sustainability. It affects the way they eat, the way they use transportation, but also the way they dress their home. That’s why we established Act for Home Textiles. Act for Home Textiles joins all the sustainable collections from our 12 Love Home Fabrics companies worldwide, giving you the opportunity to select all the durable fabrics you need in one go.
Overview
  1. Producing more sustainably
  2. Durable fabrics
  3. Recycling
  4. Extra efforts

1. Producing more sustainably

 

Reducing energy levels

A few years ago, we entered an agreement with the government regarding our energy policy. We analysed every step of our production processes and formulated a thorough energy plan with actions to produce more sustainably.

Together with our internal energy teams, partly consisting of employees, we’re constantly revising our actions and adjusting them when needed. These are the results up to today:

  • 82 ton CO2 less emitted by reducing the steam pressure in our dyeing machines
  • 3870 ton CO2 less emitted by replacing our lights by LED lights
  • 8.5 ton CO2 less emitted by using automated lighting systems
  • 22 ton CO2 less emitted by reducing our standby power consumption
  • 68 ton CO2 less emitted by optimising our planned shutdown plan
  • No use of fossil fuels to heat our building, as we recover heat from our machines

Full-circle water use & water purification stations

Purifying water happens in our own water purification stations. Monks, Symphony Mills, Clarysse, Pieters Textiel and Ter Molst pump water from the adjacent canal and filter it together with captured rainwater to use it in production. Afterwards, they purify their waste water and lead it back to the river Leie.

  • 125.000.000 liter water pumped from the nearby canal every year
  • 35.500.000 liter rain water used during production every year
  • 140.000.000 liter water purified and lead back to nature every year

Limiting our water use is at least as important as using it responsibly. A part of our production already went from a wet to a dry treatment (a so-called hot melt), and by dyeing differently we can substantially cut back on water. A side effect is that our machines produce less steam, turning the working environment for our employees into a much more pleasant space. On a yearly basis, this saves us more than 25 million liter water:

  • 750.000 liter water saved every year by using a hotmelt finishing
  • 24.708.000 liter water saved by using a different dyeing process

No harmful substances

Not only should our fabrics be qualitative and durable, they should also be safe throughout their entire lifetime. As a consequence, we make sure that all Love Home Fabrics textiles meet and exceed international standards. The majority of our fabrics are Oeko-Tex certified and Reach compliant as well.

Most of the chemicals we use nowadays are already harmless, but we aim to ban all harmful substances by 2020, as part of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme. By optimising every step in our production processes, we’re getting closer to our goal on a daily basis.

Involving employees

Our 1,500 employees are the central point of our companies. We think it’s important they share the same vision on sustainability and help us carry out our values, without ever sacrificing their wellbeing. By making them part of our in-house energy teams and training them to work as eco-friendly as possible, we are convinced that they help us create the better world we’re working on.

2. Durable fabrics

Durable fabrics are equally important as sustainable production processes. Ecological collections are gradually finding their way into all Love Home Fabrics companies and we keep investing in upcycled, recyclable fabrics with a low impact on the environment.

These are our current sustainable collections:

Vivalife | Ter Molst

Performance fabrics made from upcycled materials. The Vivalife collection is 100% locally produced, from the yarns in our own extrusion plant, to the design and the production of the fabrics. Vivalife’s production process is extremely water conserving, as no water is needed to extrude or dye our yarns. All fabrics in this collection are completely recyclable.

Towel2 | Clarysse

A towel consisting of almost 50% of recycled textile, such as denim. For every 1,000 Towel2s made, Clarysse saves no less than 3.7 million gallons of water and 900 pounds (ca. 408 kg) of CO². To give you an idea: that’s half an Olympic swimming pool and the CO2 emission during a car ride from Lisbon to Athens.

L.E.A.F. | Pieters Textiel

Short for Love Environment and Fabrics, L.E.A.F. joins all durable fabrics that Pieters Textiel has in its existing collections. All L.E.A.F. fabrics are made from upcycled or recycled materials.

Mayan Green | Artilat

Latex foam made from all-natural latex. Mayan Green latex toppers and cores are completely recyclable. Certified with the Rainforest Alliance label, this collection is environmentally healthy, and socially and economically sustainable.

Phoenix | Monks

Upcycled, recyclable mattress fabrics. For Monks, being sustainable and eco-friendly starts at the birth of every product. With a philosophy that starts before a first life cycle, Monks created Phoenix. The strong yarns are produced in-house, leaving out transport during the production process. All Phoenix fabrics can be recycled up to ten times.

C2C | Clarysse

Clarysse’s cradle-to-cradle towels, 100% locally produced, are made from recycled material and are completely recyclable themselves. On top of that, the durable C2C towels are bio-degradable and have the same guaranteed Clarysse quality.

3. Recycling

Avoiding waste is our first goal, but sorting and recycling the waste we do produce is high on our agenda. Our waste is sorted into 10 different categories, and with our exhaustive waste action plan, we reduce the amount of waste to a bare minimum in every department. Specialised firms collect the sorted waste and process or recycle it afterwards. The waste of our own yarn extrusion plant is completely turned into upcycled raw materials for the automobile and carpet sector.

In our fabrics, we also integrate recyclable and upcycled materials more frequently. By producing locally, we ensure that our fabrics are made within a relative short production chain.

4. Extra efforts

The changes in our facilities and production units will have the biggest impact on our carbon footprint, but even small acts can add up to a big one. That’s why we also facilitated some processes in our daily workings, going from less paper to initiatives that benefit our employees’ health.

Reusable drinking bottles

All Love Home Fabrics employees have a personalised drinking bottle that can be refilled at one of the drinking fountains in every company. We highly encourage the use of this reusable bottle as the number of reduced plastic waste is gigantic: in just one year time, all employees combined will have saved 90.000 plastic bottles from our oceans. Taking into account the extra bottles we presented to our customers, this number amounts to a phenomenal 200.000 plastic bottles a year.

Paperless invoice system

Our accountancy departments no longer send out invoices on paper, nor do they accept them. The entire invoice system was digitalised and saves us 10 tons of paper every year, which equals 240 trees.

Improved health

When researching for new innovations, sustainability and health conditions are our main priority. Our companies run on the commitment of over 1,500 employees worldwide, which makes them the key figures in our daily activities. By watching over their well-being when investing in new technologies, we’re convinced that our employees stay happy and passionate for their job. Indirectly, both our textiles and our service benefit from these innovations as well, which again serves you and your customers.