Publication of 2021 Texon sustainability report in milestone year shows excellent progress against ‘zero-footprint’ goals.
Texon has published its third sustainability report, as it marks its 75th anniversary this year and revealed it’s on track to meet the sustainability targets it has set itself for 2025. Despite challenging conditions over the past two years, Texon has made enormous strides as part of its ‘zerofootprint’ strategy. Benchmarking progress against its 2015 data – when it started measuring its environmental footprint – Texon has:
- Reported a 27% reduction in yearly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity
- Achieved a 9% reduction in its use of virgin materials
- Made 46% of its waste recyclable or reusable.
- Realised an 8% reduction in water use and water waste.
By 2025, Texon wants to have reduced its carbon footprint by 50%; reduced its use of virgin materials by 50%; made 90% of its waste recyclable or reusable; and cut its water use and water waste by 20%.
Aligned with these goals, Texon has achieved some inspiring results. When it comes to its carbon footprint:
- All of Texon’s EU production facilities are now powered by green energy
- At its Möckmühl site in Germany, Texon reduced energy consumption by 4.7% in 2021
- The team also cut the use of both gas and electricity by 3% at its Dongguan plant in China.
The business has also partnered with Dutch firm Ecochain to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Initially, this work will focus on Texon’s Non-Woven production sites – but it will also explore future goals that will continue to drive sustainable progress at all sites. This tool will also be applied to all new product launches. Texon has already calculated that its new Sportflex Bioproduct shows a 48% CO2 reduction compared to the previous Sportflex generation. Similarly, Reform 2.0 and X8R-EPM5 now have a reduced carbon footprint compared to predecessor products (down 11% and 31% respectively).
Texon continued cutting its use of virgin materials in 2021 with a year-on-year increase in recycled content of 250% compared to 2020. The business gave several core products a facelift – replacing staple virgin fibres with recycled alternatives. One such example is Texon Reform 2.0. This next-generation product contains up to 66% sustainably sourced content, whilst offering the same physical traits as its predecessor. There were also site-specific improvements throughout 2021: Texon Vietnam now uses recycled yarn as its standard offering; while 70% of all fibre and resin purchases at Dongguan come from recycled or renewable sources.
Closing the loop on waste Texon’s Ripatransone site in Italy recycles 100% of its waste internally and reuses it, making the products produced there zero waste. The site also transports its customers’ waste back to site – using it as secondary fibres instead of tissue or other virgin content. In China and Vietnam, Texon has set up waste recycling systems to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills and increase the amount recycled back into high-performance fibre. This change means 25% of the weight of Texon’s products are now recycled – saving around 166 tonnes of waste from landfills every year.
When it comes to water, Texon is also thinking innovatively. In Italy, the business has cut the amount of sodium aluminate and aluminium sulphate used in its processes to lower the number of chemicals in its water supplies. This site also aims to further reduce freshwater usage by 30% by 2025. Looking ahead, Texon is investing in process improvements across all sites to cut its water consumption and is developing new products that use less water during production.
Jelle Tolsma, CEO of Texon, said: “As we mark our 75th anniversary in business, there is much to celebrate. Sustainability has always been in Texon’s DNA, but the additional progress our global team has made in recent years is truly inspiring. Our latest sustainability report makes clear the breadth and impact of our efforts worldwide. As we continue towards our 2025 goals, we know we still have more work ahead of us. However, with every single Texon employee actively engaged in the execution of our ‘zero-footprint’ strategy, and a range of great projects in progress with our customers and suppliers, I’m confident we will achieve our zero waste ambitions.”