Recycling of textile
Vepa is firmly en route to a waste-free factory. In the series “Sustainable Solutions by Vepa” we demonstrate how we innovate, think and above all act sustainably. We replace harmful resources with sustainable alternatives, manufacture under excellent working conditions, use local suppliers and think of solutions for our own waste. All furniture is upholstered in the most efficient way in our upholstery department. A CNC cutting machine calculates the most optimal way of cutting. Residual material is collected, processed and subsequently used as filling for our high-end acoustic walls. This way nothing ends up in the trash bin!
This video explains in detail how we do this with our textile waste.
We make conscious choices when it comes to our fabric range. Not just with regard to the quality, but also with respect to sustainability. That is why all our standard fabrics are OEKO-TEX certified and/or provided with the European Ecolabel; standards that demonstrate the sustainability of a product.
Not all is used
The large rolls of fabric are hung in a special CNC cutting machine that unwinds the fabric to the correct length and creates a vacuum. This eases the cutting and ensures that the material cannot shift. After this, the most efficient way of cutting is calculated, with the aim to have as little residual material as possible. Production without residual material is impossible, but all of our residual material is collected and recycled.
From residual material to fibre
The remaining textile is cut into pieces and unravelled until there are only fibres left. These fibres are processed into a type of felt. This felt is layered and then heated and pressed into mats. These mats are called Re-felt and used as acoustic cushioning material for new products, for example in our InBetween acoustic walls.
Re-felt: acoustic wall filling
Our Re-felt mats have excellent sound absorbing qualities. Better than conventional and less sustainable solutions. That is why we use this in all our acoustic walls. New products made from residual material, that is what we like to see! And the beauty of it all: after use we make new Re-felt mats from the old ones. That way, nothing is ever wasted. Smart, right?
Research never stops
The research into processing and development of new components from our residual material never stops. We collaborate with other companies under the title Green Furniture Circle. Currently, we are researching sheet material made from hemp, roadside grass and/or old furniture and we are investigating the possibilities of powder coating wood instead of lacquering it. Positive developments with a beautiful and sustainable product as a result.