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Design out Waste #recyclerevolution with Annemieke Koster

Design out Waste #recyclerevolution with Annemieke Koster

By Mölle was born out of a love to make a positive impact on the earth. All our textiles are made in Europe with sustainable materials such as flax, wool and recycled yarns. While searching for beautiful consciously crafts we have the pleasure to meet talented craftsmen who put a lot of thought into sustainable designs. A great example is our collaboration with Annemieke Koster from Dutch weaving mill Enschede textielstad. We both believe the future of textiles is circular. Recycling reduces waste, saves energy, and minimizes the consumption of raw materials. 

There is no such thing as 'away'.
When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.

Annemieke Koster: "Did you know Enschede was once the second largest textile city in the world, with countless factories? This remained until the end of the sixties, when production was moved to low-wage countries. I started 'Enschede Textielstad' with the wish to keep the craft for the city. Sustainable textile is my focus. I want to offer positive solutions by showing that it can be done differently.

The textile industry is the most polluting industry on earth after the oil industry. I want to do something about that. It is time that fashion and interior fabrics are produced in a sustainable, ethical way and closer to home. Who would rather not have one good, durable high-quality item in the closet instead of twenty bad but cheap garments?

Together with Marianne and Lucienne van By Mölle we worked hard. It was really pioneering. We wanted a beautiful sustainable scarf of top quality from recycled yarns, and without synthetic additives. That did not exist yet. Very nice to see how we managed that. A great aspect of the design is that the fabric is not dyed. The original colors are used again so that dying or bleaching is not necessary. This way we save a lot of water, CO2 and chemicals in the production process."

"The Recycled denim scarf is woven in our factory in Enschede. This way we guarantee quality, working conditions and environmental impact of the production process. I have gathered a network of weavers, machine operators and other experts around me to advise and help realize the production of sustainable textiles in the Netherlands. We have master-journey trajectories, where students receive guidance from old weavers and other craftsmen. In the region there are a lot of senior weavers who would find it terrible if the knowledge about their profession gets lost. Our goal is to to put Enschede back on the map as a textile city and create jobs for young or unemployed people."