Certification scheme for the textile sector
In the current situation, there is no standardized standard to measure the circularity of a product or organization. Therefore, and to prevent ‘greenwashing’ in the field of circular textiles, the NEN has decided to develop a certification scheme for the textile sector. This so-called ‘Dutch Technical Agreement 8195’ describes ‘circular textiles’ and aims to be a standard for the Dutch circular textile industry.
Schijvens is fully familiar with the NTA 8195:2020 and is even a member of the standards committee. Schijvens also already complies with this NTA and when the standard has been implemented, the recycled yarn that Schijvens has made will fall into category 30% A1 / 20% A2 / 50% D1.
- Demonstrable use of recycled yarns, which can be divided into various categories.
- Demonstrable chain management system, in line with ISO 22095 and BS 8001, which proves that the clothing is not only collected, but also stimulates a longer lifespan and ultimately recycling takes place.
- Set up the design according to the rules of Design for Circularity.
Schijvens employs its own designers who have been designing with circularity in mind since 2017. In addition, through strong collaboration with sustainable partners, Schijvens meets the chain management requirements (Chain of Custody) in line with ISO 22095 and BS 8001. Schijvens does this by means of the ‘Controlled Blending’ model.
By implementing the innovative Aware tracing system and the associated blockchain application, Schijvens creates cohesion between the physical flows and administrative flows as stated in the standard requirements. There is a fair and non-falsifiable balance between input and output, as stated in the standard requirements of ISO 22095.
By linking KPIs to the principles of the circular economy set out in BS 8001, Schijvens measures and monitors the strategic maturity of the chain partners. The results are published during the annual ‘Supplier Meeting’. The chain partners can then spar about the qualities and points for development in order to further stimulate the optimization of circular business operations.
Schijvens’ circular strategy is suitable, feasible and acceptable according to the SFA model. Schijvens is the first in the sector with this strategic innovation and foresees opportunities in the long term. In this way, Schijvens is strongly committed to greenwashing, Schijvens maintains its position as a CSR leader and once again sets an example for other companies.