NIKIN supports the "Texcircle" project of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - NIKIN CH

NIKIN supports "Texcircle" project of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

A research team at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts has one goal: our society must learn to close the textile loop. How this works was researched by the Product and Textile Research Group together with companies from the textile industry in the project "Texcircle"project, which NIKIN supported as a network partner. has supported. 

You don't necessarily have to have a fashion brand to be aware of the lack of sustainability in this industry. Meanwhile, there are at least as many humanitarian disasters in textile factories every day as there are labels jumping on the "sustainable collections" bandwagon. Where is this going? Anyone who finishes asking these and all the questions that follow will probably come to the uncomfortable truth that, in theory, we should all stop producing fashion until the last seam of all existing clothes has been re-used, re-cycled or worn to uselessness. Would that really solve our global problem? Probably not.   

Image: Our clothing consumption must not pollute the environment. ©HSLU

Textile cycle

At NIKIN , we have already achieved a lot, but we still have at least as much ahead of us. So we do our best every day to evolve in awareness of this fallibility. We are driving improvements at various levels, be it distribution, design, collection or reuse of materials. For example, we had already launched a Reuse Collection, made from partly recycled waste materials from older editions. For us, this collection was a symbol of circularity and the more conscious use of resources - but (unfortunately) not yet part of everyday life in the fashion industry.

Image: Robin and the yarn. ©Ivan Schnoz

In search of pure substance

For the researchers at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU), it is also clear that we must manage to recycle our old clothes much better than before so that the textile cycle can be closed. Put simply, this means that old sweaters or T-shirts are not burned or turned into rags, but are made into new clothing that ends up back in the store. Tina Tomovic and the team from the HSLU's Product and Textile Research Group researched how this could work together with companies from the industry in the "Texcircle" project - which is NIKIN as a network partner supported.

Image: A prototype sweater. ©HSLU

Old jeans become new sweaters

The entire recycling process chain was investigated, from the collection of used clothing to sorting and subsequent tearing to the spinning of the raw material thus obtained into new yarns and nonwovens. During the two-year project, several prototypes were created on the basis of the old textiles. For example, the Winterthur company "Rieter" produced a yarn for sweaters from old jeans pants. Samples are currently lying on the workbench of NIKIN co-founder Robin Gnehm in Lenzburg. Since there is still some yarn left over, we would like to give the "Texcircle" project a second life in the spirit of the circular economy. A limited collection is planned for 2023. 

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Image: blue jeans turned into a blue sweater. ©HSLU
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Dear Yvonne
Thank you for your feedback! Unfortunately, these sweaters were only planned as a "limited collection", which means there is no restock for the time being. But who knows, maybe there will be another Texcircle Collection in the future, keep an eye on our newsletters and our social media channels. :)
Best regards,
your NIKIN team


Cool thing! I'm happy to be part of it.
Unfortunately, the first jeans sweaters were sold out immediately. When will the next ones come?

PS: The label on the sweater should be a little more discreet.

Yvonne Marty

I think it's great. Whenever I have clothes that I can no longer wear, I give them to the old clothes collection. But you can't give the broken ones to them. I would like to give the clothes for recycling.

Monika Lustenberger

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