Playground posts made of textile waste
Reduce carbon emission
Choose textile posts over steel posts for your next playground!
Our TexMade™ posts are made of post consumer textile waste and plastic bags. We use the textile waste that has no value left and can't be recycled. This way we avoid that it going through the highly polluting process of either being burnt or going into landfill. We mix this textile waste with outworn plastic bags used by the consumer.
The world's textile waste is up by more than 900% from 1960 to 2021. But does it need to be wasted?
We all need food in our stomachs and clothes on our backs. However, humans have increased the consumption of clothing to much more than what we need.
Ever heard of "fast fashion?"
Between 2000 and 2014, clothing production doubled with the average consumer buying 60% more pieces of garment compared to 15 years ago. As a result, waste has increased, generating huge amounts of textile waste.
Picture: Second to oil – the textile and clothing industry has become the largest polluter in the world.
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Making playgrounds greener with textile waste
We have created a new feature called TexMade™ where we are converting our traditional steel posts into posts made of post-consumer textiles and post-consumer plastic bags. We use the poorest of the textile waste, meaning the waste that is just about to end up at the incineration or landfill. This makes it possible to shift from traditional steel posts with high emissions to posts made of post-consumer textile waste with much lower carbon emissions.
Putting waste to good use
Recycled textile materials reused in textile production account for only 1% of the waste. Luckily, other industries have discovered the qualities of textile waste and are using the material in surprising ways. Textiles have proven to be very suitable for use in posts. The textile is processed and mixed with recycled plastic. The result is a durable playground post with an 82% reduction in carbon emission per kg.
Picture: A post made of post-consumer textile and post-consumer plastic bags.