For the cooperation with Lidl within the project “Biodegradable textiles with prints” the CHT Group developed innovative recyclable textile print products.
These Lidl textiles are produced with CHT print pastes and pigments and were certificated by the internationally active consulting institute EPEA GmbH - Part of Drees & Sommer according to the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold Standard. With this pilot project the companies demonstrate their sense of responsibility for people and the environment as well as their commitment in the field of circular economy.
According to the Cradle to Cradle approach, shortly C2C, products shall merge into a biological or technical cycle after the end of their life cycle. This re-use helps prevent waste and save raw materials. The impact on the environment and health of all of the ingredients of C2C textiles is already tested in the design stage and during manufacturing.
C2C experts additionally ensure a gapless control of the manufacturing processes. They check the chemicals in use, make sure that the water is kept clean and that renewable energies are used. Since this control affects the complete textile supply chain, it guarantees absolute transparency.
The CHT Group can now offer high quality and sustainable substitutes for common textile print pastes with its first biodegradable print pastes and pigments.
With the new CHT product range rated by EPEA, printed textiles can achieve the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold Standard:
Ralf Kattanek, Group Vice President Textile of the CHT group states, “We are very proud that together with Lidl and its suppliers we can make our contribution to an increasingly important circular economy. With our new C2C printing range the textile industry is offered brand new possibilities and solutions for developing sustainable and recyclable textile products.”
EPEA – Circular Economy powered by Cradle to Cradle
EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer is an international research and consulting institute for environmentally friendly products, processes and buildings. In cooperation with actors and companies from the economy, the public sector and science the 35 employees advise with solutions for the circular economy. They apply know-how gained from chemistry, biology and environmental science to develop or optimise the material health and recyclability of all types of products. They also work out concepts for closing material cycles in manufacturing processes, buildings or cities.