We all need food in our stomachs and clothes on our backs. However, humans have grown the consumption of clothing to being much more than what we need.
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, textile 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.
Recycled textile materials used in the textile production account for only 1%. Luckily, other industries have discovered the qualities of textile waste and are using the material in surprising ways. Textile has proven to be very suitable for use in posts. The textile is processed and mixed with recycled plastic. The result, a durable playground post with a 82% reduction in carbon emission per kg.
Picture: A post made of post-consumer textile and post-consumer plastic bags.
We have created a concept called TexMade™ which is about 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 textile 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 and over to posts made of post-consumer textile waste with a much lower carbon emission.
Picture: A fully circular playground where the posts are made of post-consumer textile and post-consumer plastic bags.