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MINISTERS EMBRACE SCHIJVENS’ RECYCLING CONTRACT

ANKARA: In the presence of Minister Kaag (NL) and Minister Pekcan (TR), Schijvens Corporate Fashion and Gama Iplik Recycling have extended their contract to take the recycling of used (company) clothing to a higher level. Existing trade barriers that slow down the circular economy were addressed and extensive attention was also paid to female entrepreneurship.

Minister Kaag and Minister Pekcan jointly discussed the trade perspectives between the two countries, looking at technology, innovation and circularity in various industries. Several representatives of large Dutch companies that have an interest in trade with Turkey were present, such as ING, Philips, Booking.com, Port of Rotterdam Authority and Royal IHC. Schijvens was also represented, from her role as owner of a Turkish textile factory, which won the Fair Wear Foundation’s best practice award for the introduction of the Living Wage, but also from her role as a Dutch trading partner with the Turkish company Gama Iplik Recycling. . Schijvens and Gama joined forces in 2017 to retrieve old company clothing from customers and then recycle it into fibres, from which yarns are ultimately spun again, which Schijvens uses to make “new” recycled company clothing. This process saves 99% water, 40% energy and 40% CO2 emissions compared to the virgin conventional variant.

However, Schijvens runs into existing trade barriers in a practical sense: it is not possible to import clothing into Turkey without first damaging the clothing or having to pay high import duties. Since Schijvens’ mission is to be able to offer recycled clothing for the same or hopefully even lower price to the market, to support sustainable alternatives as much as possible, it is constantly working on every cost item, including cost-increasing legislation. on the Turkish side. Schijvens was given the opportunity to submit her request and therefore hopes that she can circumvent the current costs by means of an import license for recycling. This can also pave the way for other companies that would now or later be hindered by existing legislation that has not yet been adapted to a circular model. It has already been reported several times within the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile that other companies would also like to go a step further in recycling clothing, so the easier the government can make it, the better it will be for the environment.

In the presence of the two ministers, Schijvens and Gama signed their contract extension for a period of 3 years, as the demand for recycled work clothing at Schijvens has exploded, so that the relationship between Schijvens and Gama had to be further strengthened to meet that demand. continue to comply

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