Recover 90% of the company’s used textiles in France by 2020
Terms of the action or commitment
Indeed, when textile articles no longer meet the quality requirements of our customers, they are taken in charge by specialized companies. After collection, the used textiles are sorted and transformed into rags for the automotive industry, aeronautics, DIY stores, etc. or into insulation materials.
ELIS wishes to continue in this direction and to study other recovery channels, in order to reach a target of 90% of recycled textiles by 2020.
2022 follow-up of the action
In 2020, over 88% of Elis France’s used textiles were recovered.
In 2021, the objective was reached with 90% of Elis France’s used textiles recovered.
By 2022, almost all of Elis France’s end-of-life textiles will be recovered: either reused or recycled (rags, etc.) or recovered in the form of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF).
In 2021, Elis France reorganized the collection of source-separated textile waste from all its laundries (flat linen, work clothes, personal protective equipment, mats) in order to simplify collection processes, centralize flows, increase the proportion of source-separated textile items and improve their recovery (recycling, reuse and recovery in the form of solid recovered fuel). Thus, flat linen is mainly reused as rags, while other source-separated products are mainly recovered as fuel, until the Group’s recycling projects can accommodate the necessary volumes.
In the case of work clothing, the Group is conducting experiments aimed at developing “Textile to Textile” recycling channels. The first items have been designed and woven in France using recycled yarns from Elis workwear. The durability of these garments will be assessed in 2022.