Reinforcing its long-time commitment to the development of sustainable components, materials, and fabrics for footwear, Texon sets itself the ambitious goal of becoming a Zero-waste organisation by 2025. The achievement of this milestone will follow four directions: reducing its carbon footprint by 50%; cutting the use of virgin materials by 50%; ensuring 90% of waste is recyclable or reusable; and reducing water usage and water waste by 20%.
The mission undertaken by Texon is aimed at its consumers, with whom it has shared 70 years of history, with an orientation geared towards research onto materials and innovative solutions for footwear and fashion accessories: “Sustainability has always driven how we think, what we produce, and who we work with. It is in our DNA. Today is no different – comments Jelle Tolsma, Texon CEO – 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.”
The guidelines followed by Texon to conform with its mission of sustainability are those represented by the five “Rs”: Rethink, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Recover. A virtuous pathway that will also pass through the rethinking of productive models with the decision to move production plants closer to consumer markets, or study solutions for reducing the pollution created during transportation.
Leading producer of materials and sustainable solutions, of high quality and performance, Texon’s products include non-woven saturated felts, extruded filmic materials, cellulose materials, and technical fabrics… for the footwear and fashion accessory industry. Today, many of its products are already Zero Waste or 100% recyclable. In addition to recycling post-production waste, Texon includes customers in its good practices, offering them recycling programs for a number of key products. Sustainability, however, does not only regard its products, but also production: all Texon production facilities are compliant with business and environmental management systems and accreditations, practicing LEAN management principles to reduce its waste, improve working conditions, save energy, and filter and re-use wastewater.