Texon produces nonwoven saturated felts, extruded filmic materials, wet-web saturated cellulose paperboard, technical fabrics and consumables, which are used in footwear and consumer applications, such as fashion accessories, clothing, luggage, labels, tags and many home and office accessories.
Texon has set out its sustainability ambitions for the next five years, which include:
- Reducing its carbon footprint by 50%
- Cutting the use of virgin materials by 50%
- Ensuring 90% of waste is recyclable or reusable
- Reducing water usage and water waste by 20%.
Demonstrating its dedication to sustainability, Texon is wrapping its environmental efforts under the umbrella of “zerofootprint” – a banner that will tell the story of its ambitions and its achievements.
Jelle Tolsma, Texon CEO, explains: “We’ve been helping our customers to keep the world moving for more than 70 years. Every day, millions of people step out to play, train, compete and explore wearing garments and footwear based on our materials. Sustainability has always driven how we think, what we produce, and who we work with. It is in our DNA. Today is no different. At the start of a new decade, we’re renewing our commitment to sustainability and pledging to do more in collaboration with our customers and supply base. As a business we’ve identified a series of sustainability goals that will further accelerate our journey to becoming a world class sustainable company and drive us closer towards our ambition of zero waste.
“As always, our aim is to keep our standards high and our impact low for our planet, our communities and our future. We’ll do this by embedding the five Rs of sustainability into everything we do: Rethink, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Recover. There are already lots of great examples of the five Rs across our business. When it comes to raw materials, we’re reducing our use of virgin cellulose – pioneering new solutions that allow us to take less from the planet and optimize what we already have. In terms of water consumption, we’re going above and beyond to limit what we use. Where we do use water, we make sure we recycle and return it back to nature even cleaner than when it came out so it can be reused. And, when it comes to transport, we’re continually looking for ways to reduce our CO2 emissions – whether that’s placing our factories near to customers or rethinking how our products are shipped, choosing ocean freight over air freight. Zerofootprint will serve as a constant reminder to us, and to our customers, that there is always more that companies can do – collectively and individually.”