The amount of discarded textiles is increasing every year and this will continue to do so. Although the majority of discarded textiles are still fit to be re-worn a substantial fraction needs to be recycled. In order to create a good infrastructure in which these textiles can be recycled efficiently an understanding of the material composition is required. The current textile sorting system is a manual system which cannot provide accurate selection on material basis also given the often unreliable and absent clothing labels.

Today, Fashion for Good is launching the Sorting for Circularity project to address this challenge on a larger scale than ever before. Bringing together key brands and industry leaders from across Europe, the project will conduct a comprehensive analysis of textile waste using more accurate, innovative Near Infrared (NIR) technology, while also identifying textile recycling opportunities. This research will lead to an open digital platform to match textile waste from sorters with recyclers, allowing them to align and build an infrastructure for increased circularity in the years to come.

The project brings together the largest industrial textile sorters in the North West European region; including Boer Group, I: CO (part of SOEX Group), JMP Wilcox (part of Textile Recycling International) and TEXAID, putting key industry players at the heart of the project and driving the industry towards greater circularity.


UPDATE Corona virus COVID-19

The global outbreak of COVID-19 poses many challenges in different industries. Of course the Boer Group is also faced with some.

The collection and recycling of used textiles is considered a system essential activity under waste management in most EU member states. This allows us to continue the collection and sorting of textiles even during this crisis.

It goes without saying that all Boer Group companies have taken precautionary measures in accordance with guidelines issued by the national health authorities in order to guarantee the safety and health of our employees. This is our main priority.

DORDRECHT | HAAKSBERGEN – On 15 October 2018, Boer Group acquired a majority interest in Frankenhuis in Haaksbergen. With this strategic acquisition, Boer Group closes the chain in the circular economy for post-consumer textiles.

Now that the strategic positioning and employment within Frankenhuis are assured, the venture capital company Wadinko and Hannet de Vries-in ‘t Veld are taking leave of Frankenhuis.
The management of Frankenhuis is being continued by Tich Vanduren. With the integration of Frankenhuis within Boer Group, a constant supply of raw materials is ensured and further growth in the production of mechanically recycled post-consumer textiles can be realized.

Frankenhuis is a leading and only company in the Netherlands that specializes in mechanical recycling of post-consumer textiles. There are 30 people working at Frankenhuis.

Boer Group collects, sorts and prepares textile, worn clothing and shoes for reuse for more than 100 years. The organization consists of three collection companies and seven sorting companies in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
The 750 employees sort approx. 100 million kg of used textiles a year and are constantly working on a sustainable solution to keep residual waste to a minimum.

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