'For TWE, sustainability will become an integral part of our very existence. Throughout our entire worldwide organisation, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) will be the driving force behind our strategy and our mission...'
'For TWE, sustainability will become an integral part of our very existence. Throughout our entire worldwide organisation, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) will be the driving force behind our strategy and our mission.
Starting from the creation of an idea for a new product, Design For Environment (DFE) will be embedded in our Research & Development approach, always meeting performance and cost objectives.
We will strive for seeking technological solutions with the least environmental impact and respect for the use of natural resources so they will fit within the planetary boundaries in order to preserve our civilisation for future generations.
At the same time we pledge to develop a social foundation for our stakeholders such as employees, shareholders, communities, etc., in order to become the responsible employer of choice.'
Read full statement of Jörg Ortmeier
TWEs sustainable strategy
We make an active contribution to avoiding energy losses and increasing energy efficiency.
We are committed to resource-conscious behaviour. (e.g.:increase use of renewable energy, develop circular product solutions)
All of our German plants have ISO 50001:2018 certification with the aim rolling this out into our global operations.
Our products are Ökotex 100 certified. We will reduce the use of resources, waste and sewage quantities.
We will reduce GHG emissions and other environmental impact factors and ensure this by using appropriate working and operating equipment.
We will fully comply with environmental laws, regulations and standards to achieve zero material non-compliance issues.
We pursue systematic human resources development as a basis for qualified employees.
We design the corporate processes and products in such a way that the social expectations and all legal regulations are fulfilled.
Out of intrinsic motivation and a sense of responsibility towards our employees and their families as well as towards visitors, we identify and effectively manage health and safety risks associated with activities conducted in the Company.
We value very highly the TWE values with social impact such as Responsibility, Respect, Trust and Togetherness.
We work according to the UNGC (United Nations Global Compact) principles.
We strive to implement the guidance for social responsibility standard ISO 26000:2010 into our quality system
Our management processes are based on Continuous Improvement in order to continue producing high quality, innovative,
competitive products on time in order to comply with our customers’ needs.
All of our lead plants and most of the other plants have the ISO9001:2015 certification
We integrate our suppliers at an early stage to achieve a supplier and product development based on partnership.
We use innovative technologies taking account of economic aspects.
We are committed to operating ethically, transparently, without bribery and corruption, throughout our global operations.
Our sustainable solutions
With the rePEaT product range, we have added further sustainable nonwovens to our portfolio. The product range is divided into three different areas: rePEat Circular, rePEat Social and rePEaT Bio.
rePEaT Circular includes products that we manufacture from 100% polyester-based waste from our customers. This involves setting up a logistics system for storing and processing this waste, from which we produce a granulate there. This granulate is used to produce new polyester staple fibers, which we reuse for the production of nonwoven products. In this way, we can offer a complete cradle-to-cradle solution.
Use by customer
However, rePEaT Circular also covers products manufactured with an increased use of recycled fibers.
Mechanically bonded nonwovens. These are made from up to 100 % recycled PET bottles.
Thermally bonded nonwovens. These can be made from up to 92 % recycled PET bottles.
Chemically bonded nonwovens. Here, a proportion of up to 75 % recycled PET bottles is possible.
Our rePEaT Social products are made from ocean-bound plastic collected by people in developing countries who earn their living from it. We support organizations that pay these collectors a premium for the materials they collect. This helps them meet their families' basic needs such as food, school fees and health insurance. The plastic collected from the sea, rivers or lakes consists, among other things, of plastic straws, PET bottles or coffee cup lids.
100 tons of rePEaT Social
(used in our products)
Improved quality of life
This waste is used to make recycled PET fibers, from which we produce new nonwovens. In this way, we help the environment and people. With every 100 tons of rePEaT Social we use in our products, we thus improve the living conditions of 140 families and 540 people.
Under rePEaT Bio you will find products made from natural fibers and biodegradable fibers.
Our products are made from the following fibers, among others:
We also use biodegradable fibers for the production of our nonwovens. Possible raw materials are:
Polyester-based virgin raw materials that are >90% biodegradable after 3 years (according to ISO15985/ASTM D5511). The half-life of normal PET is >2500 years.
Nonwovens made of PLA (PLA=Poly Lactid Acid) e.g. from corn or manioc
Nonwovens made from PLA/PBS (PLA=Poly Lactid Acid PBS= Poly Butylene Succinate)
Learn more about the future of polyester
For TWE, CSR has become a very serious business strategy and will only grow in importance going forward. This is why we have developed our rePEaT® Product Portfolio, which is already starting to attract serious attention from our broad customer base.
As the rePEaT® products are clearly made from polymer-based fibres, more in particular: polyester fibres, and there is still a very big misunderstanding around sustainability of polymers, we thought it was necessary to give some more explanation. Therefore we wrote a white paper, based on scientific evidence to explain that polyester fibres are in fact a very sustainable product compared to a lot of other so-called bio-polymers and even when compared to natural fibres. In this paper we explain step by step how indispensable polyester fibres will become in the future, that they are not as bad as one might think in view of sustainability, and give solutions to become even more sustainable.
Certification and partnerships
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing - in a global partnership. Find out more here.
The United Nations Global Compact is the world's largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance. Based on 10 universal principles and the Sustainable Development Goals, it pursues the vision of an inclusive and sustainable global economy for the benefit of all people, communities and markets, today and in the future. Learn more about the SDG's here.