Nachhaltig vom Garn bis zum Produkt

Sustainable from yarn to product

Getzner Textil presented an innovative fabric made of bio-based polyamide at the last trade fair and thus a sustainable alternative for synthetic yarns. In an interview, development coordinator Barbara Paul talks about the potential and necessity of sustainability in the textile business.

What is behind the innovative fabric made from bio-based polyamide?

Barbara Paul: Produced from castor oil, the yarn is made from a completely renewable resource that does not require large amounts of water or take away arable land for food purposes. The developed fabric shows excellent wearing comfort and is light, elastic, breathable, quick-drying and resistant. It is therefore particularly suitable for use in the occupational safety and outdoor clothing sector and we thus deliver a sustainable, durable fabric solution without compromising on quality and functionality.

What sustainable alternatives for synthetic yarns are still available at Getzner Textil?

Paul: In the field of technical textiles, our sustainable collection also includes performance fabrics made from recycled polyamide from pre- and post-consumer material as well as in combination with organic cotton. For example, post-consumer car tyres are reprocessed in a chemical process as raw material for polyamide production. To be honest, it has to be said that there are only a few market-ready alternatives for synthetic yarns so far. There will be some new developments in the next few years.

What role does sustainability play at Getzner Textil?

Paul: Sustainability encompasses several areas - the social and the ecological aspect, as well as sustainable corporate management. In order to produce a sustainable fabric, Getzner Textil focuses on people as well as the environment. Innovative projects have been implemented for decades, such as the installation of a district heating network in 2001, which has since supplied numerous public buildings in the surrounding area with heat. The company's own hydroelectric power plants cover over 90 percent of Getzner Textil AG's electricity requirements. In addition, our modern lye recovery plant enables resource-saving production and a saving of around 70 percent in the lye used.

Which potentials are still underused in textile production?

Paul: Recycling technologies for upcycling textiles are currently still limited. In the future, however, the possibility of a circular economy will become an essential customer requirement for textile manufacturers. There is potential here, for example, in the collection and sorting of textile waste. Already now, some of our textile waste can be recycled. We are currently building partnerships for future upcycling. In addition, we must continue to search for sustainable alternatives that reduce our dependence on crude oil as a raw material and enable resource-saving production. We at Getzner Textil are part of this development and are actively shaping the sustainable turnaround in the textile industry.

In the picture: The sustainable collection

Barbara Paul coordinates development projects in the areas of sustainability and circular economy.

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