The 4 pillars

Our unique concept consists of four pillars which we use for each piece of fabric.

Reduce: The greenest energy is energy you do not consume

Did you know that the production of one cotton T-shirt costs 2700 liters of water and 7 tablespoons of pesticides? At Wolkat we like do it differently: energy-friendly, that is. To give you an idea: within our recycling process we use 10 milliliters of water for 1 kg of textile. And pesticides are out of the order within every step!

 

The most energy-friendly is actually our motto: 'the greenest energy is the energy you do not consume’. This is the reason why Wolkat works with used clothing and old textiles, for they are a commodity in itself! Does Wolkat make new products using precious energy? No, we create new products out of old ones. From yarn to zippers and from buttons to stuffing our nonwoven products with textile that is elsewhere nominee as ‘low-valued’ and waste.

With this motto in the back of our minds, the circular process begins: old textiles are collected and sent to our factories in Morocco. Here the sorting process begins.

Re-use: Re-using scarce resources  

Re-using is the first step. With textiles, we mean much more than clothing: Wolkat also takes care of collecting and recycling bed textiles, stuffed animals and shoes.

 

During the second step, we make a distinction of two streams; one stream is sorted into usable clothing and textiles, destined for thrift stores and wholesale markets. The second stream are textiles of which private re-use is no longer possible. And it is exactly these textiles that Wolkat uses as raw materials for our in-house recycling process.

Recycle: Recycling processed materials

After all the sorting, we recycle the ‘useless’ textiles. This recycling process begins by cleaning the textiles: taking buttons, zippers and tags, etc. off (even these are re-used later!).

Once everything is cleaned and deleted, what remains is sheer fabric. All these fabrics we sort again color and material. Blue to blue and wool with wool? Check! Then the recycling process begins: we cut the fabric into pieces and fibers.

During this recycling process, we use minimum water (0,01liter water per 1 kg textile). But what we don’t use are dyes. In this way Wolkat contributes to a sustainable process.

Recreate: Revaluating raw materials

After we shred fabrics into new fibers, we sent the new material to our spinning mill. In this last step, old textiles are transformed into a new product. Since 2014 Wolkat can spin her own yarns in-house: this mill is the basis for many new products.

 

In 2016, Wolkat expanded her capabilities by opening our own weaving plant. And we are currently working on our knitting plant. These kinds of innovations enable Wolkat to independently create a new product (recreate). Such as blankets or your new sweater, bag, rug, cushion or other textiles. So yes, we really master the complete recycling cycle!

A closed loop: Our end products

Next to yarns and knitted & woven end products, we also make non-woven fabrics. Non-woven is better known as felt. This product usually find its way into the automotive and furniture industry, but they are also used in mattresses, geotextile and insulation products.

We claim to have a closed recycle loop system and this is very clear with our nonwoven products. The special feature of our nonwovens is the fact that the products are stuffed with processed fabric which is normally classified as 'low value'. But as you know by now, we believe that each product component can have a new life. We love to fully integrate and not just cherry-pick. Please look to our projects page for more information of these end products.

More info?

Kimberley van der Wal
Business Development

  • +3113 - 580 17 13
  • info@wolkat.com