Wolkat and HEMA have entered into a circular collaboration in the field of textiles. It’s now possible to return used textiles at 24 HEMA-branches. This is an important step towards the realization of a circular textile industry. Special collection points have been set up for customers to dispose of old clothing and other textiles such as towels and curtains in the shops. In this way HEMA stimulates the reuse of second-hand textiles, with the aim of reducing the impact on nature and the production of new raw materials.

Philip Boumans, CEO Wolkat:
“HEMA has a clear mission and vision on sustainability. This fits perfectly with us as an innovative textile recycling company. We attach great importance to the right match with a partner, because we always want to work and do business over a long and sustainable term. The ultimate ambition is to use the collected textiles to make new products for HEMA collections, something that we naturally only encourage. ”

Textile gets a second life
For more than 70 years, Wolkat has had textile recycling in its DNA and over the years the entire chain has been integrated from the collection of discarded textiles to the redevelopment of new products from the same discarded textiles. Collected waste finds its way back to the customer after reuse and redevelopment, a unique and transparent way of working. Due to the type of end products and the sorting of reusable textiles, Wolkat can give 94-96% of the textiles that are returned a new life as second-hand textiles or as a recycled end product. With the circular method, Wolkat and HEMA want to work step by step on making the range more sustainable by developing new end products. HEMA strives to operate increasingly circular in the future.

Hand in old clothing or textiles 
So never just throw away clothing, Wolkat can still do a lot with this. Hand in clothing or textiles for reuse at one of the 24 HEMA-branches, so that both parties can take care of the environment together. To encourage people not to throw away old textiles, but to return them, the retail chain is giving a ten percent discount on an article from the textile or clothing collection during the start of the pilot. 

We are proud of this collaboration and look forward to the future!



More info?

Kimberley van der Wal
Business Development

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