Working in close contact with customers and partners across its supply chain for the development of eco-sustainable solutions, at the heart of the new re-engineered Texon Sportflex is a Texon box toe puff material for leading footwear brands, which today increases its recycled content from 4% to a minimum of 50%. A result that is coherent with the company’s drive towards sustainability and its ambition to become a zero waste business by 2025.
Texon Sportflex is an extruded material that is used to create soft, flexible toes in lightweight footwear and athletic shoes. Extremely resilient to wear and tear, and with good shape retention and a softer feel, it is also available with a double-coated adhesive backer.
To provide its customers with a wider choice of more sustainable materials, Texon has created eco and bio versions. Eco is based on post-industrial waste, while the bio version – which was created for a leading sports footwear customer – is based on sugar cane waste.
“Reducing our use of virgin materials by at least 50% by 2025 is one of our key zero waste ambitions. – declares Boyd Multer, Director of NPDI, Marketing and Sustainability at Texon – To achieve this, we are actively reviewing our existing product portfolio, identifying materials that can be re-engineered to make them more sustainable, without compromising the performance for which they are known. Through careful sourcing and joint development efforts, our technical team has managed to significantly improve the sustainability of Texon Sportflex, creating next generation variants that are more closely aligned with our customers’ own environmental objectives”.