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This cluster consists of the following projects:

New sustainable textiles product-process opportunities

DCW is a municipal institution linked to the city of Enschede, which aims to support people with a distance to the labor market to incorporate work in a daily routine which suits their character. DCW offers a variety of operational services for their clients, such as packaging, assembling, sewing, etcetera. DCW is often approached by clients for labor intensive tasks, which would otherwise prove to be time consuiming for the clients. DCW has recently expanded into textile related activities, such as sewing cutting, and assembling. They are still exploring opportunities in these areas and, as a result, see opportunities for increased efficiency, improved working orders and new potential customers and/or products. In all of this, working on the topic of sustainability is key throughout all of their activities. DCW would like to offer the opportunity for an enthusiastic student group from various backgrounds to analyse and/or optimize its current operations in the area of garment making and come up with new innovative/sustainable ways to produce, Expand, market and sell their existing services to interested parties, Come up with new product concepts that offer new opportunities and review opportunities for a structural partnership between DCW and Saxion regarding, for example support for relevant start-ups, exchange knowledge between Saxion and DCW, etcetera.

Recycling of Polyester Sports Clothes

This project is a cooperation of Saxion together with the company Deventrade in Deventer. This company designs and distributes sport clothes to many amateur sport clubs in the Netherlands as well as internationally. They have six brands in the market, of which HUMMEL, STANNO and REECE are most known. The company has the ambition to take back all the sport clothes they have sold (post-consumer) and recycle them. Saxion was asked to conduct applied research to answer questions related to chemical and business feasibility of this ambition. In the 2nd semester, a student of the CT programme together with a student from the FTT programme worked on questions related to chemical recycling and reverse logistics. Because of the corona virus, some lab work could not be conducted. Therefore, lab work to test the chemical recycling will be an important part of this project. Next to this, the development of a new, more circular business model and the related reverse logistics will be worked out in more detail. A new element to the project for this semester will be the design of the products. Students will be asked to work out how, during the design phase, choices could be made to make recycling after the user phase easier.

Recycling Shade Cloths

The company ZonZ designs, sells and installs shade cloths for private use at home and for organisations such as schools and kindergartens. The cloths are made of polyester and the production of the main stream shade clothes is done in China, whilst the custom work is done in Europe. The cloths are generally in use for 4/5 years, after which they are replaced due to loss of quality and dirt. More and more organisations/customers have started to ask about a take back and recycling system. Currently, the old cloths are being removed as waste and burned in incinerators. ZonZ would like the group to do research on the following questions: how could the product Shade Cloth (made of polyester), mechanicale/chemical be recycled at a high level, what business model could work for taking back or renting/leasing the product, which organisations/companies could be involved and how could ZonZ start a cooperation with them?

Parametric designed 3D printed groundfridge out of recycled plastic

Campsite The Boergondier, in the vilage The Krim, wants to transform to a fully sustainable campsite. For this transformation, a lot of things need to be changed. To reduce the amount of electricity necessary for refrigerating food, the idea is to make an groundfridge. A small bunker-like building placed in the ground, where the guests’ food and drinks can be stored at a cool temperature. Next to this, there is a lot of plastic waste. What can we do with this? It is not a bad material. But it is lower in quality. Is it possible to use waste plastics to 3D print buidingblocks? Like lego bricks, but then different. Is it possible to create a building that is part of the environment? A place not only to store food, but also is a shelter for small animals, like birds, insects etc. A place where nature’s biodiversity is being increased and improved. It’s not only a building to store food, but it’s also part of its surroundings. De outside structure will be the connection with nature. Therefore, we don’t just need simple 3D printed plastic blocks. The shape of the building needs to be well-designed for inside and outside use, as its functionality will depend on this shape.

Overstock fashion collection

The Corona crisis is affecting our daily lives. Due to the pandemic fashion companies are just at the beginning of a struggle how to handle their business. There will be a whole new perspective on the supply and demand system. Widespread store closures for an industry reliant on offline channels, are now dealing with consumer who prioritise their necessity over goods. Even online sales have declined 5 to 20 percent across Europe, 30 to 40 percent in the US to 25 percent in China. The coronavirus also presents fashion with a chance to reset and completely reshape the industry’s value chain, leading to a whole new way of thinking. Some experts predict that consumer buying behaviour may never recover to pre-2020 levels as anti-consumerism and economic fallout cast a shadow over global markets, and shoppers are hit hard by a global recession. As of March 2020, 60 percent of consumers in the US already reported that they need to be careful how they spend their money, with more than one-third stating that the pandemic is even impacting their ability to make financial ends meet. As a result, overfilled warehouses laden with unsold seasonal stock will haunt most players, as long lead times weigh heavily on fashion’s supply chain and global consumer appetite. The pandemic will bring values around sustainability into focus. Can it be expected that consumers will pay a full price for quality timeless goods? As this was the case after the 2008 financial crisis. The pandemic will bring values around sustainability into sharp focus, over-consumption and irresponsible business practices. Seasonal collection were produced months ago, how will these future collections be sold now? Online, offline? Or will the brands just burn these collections? What alternatives are there? How to handle the overstock that never reaches the fashion market? By joining this Smart Solution Project, you can be part of this initiative and develop a new way of coping with these fashion overstocks. Furthermore, you can develop business cases that will give new sustainable awareness perspectives for the fashion industry as well for the consumers purchase behaviour. Commercial Economic, Industrial Engineering and management (Bedrijfskunde) and F&TT students form the core of this project. As different routes can be taken, the project is open for a variety of programs. You can develop a new collection made out of ‘old’ seasonal collections and develop a business case that creates sustainable awareness.

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