The Ecology of Commerce

Bison code: L.28215

Companies are changing their linear structure to a more circular structure. In nature, however, all structures are circular already. How can the systems within a company work like the ecological systems in nature? Paul Hawken has described how this can be done in his book The Ecology of Commerce published back in 1993. According to Hawken, nature’s system is the most efficient and economically attractive system, with the three most important factors in nature being:

  1. Waste does not exist
  2. The only input is the sun
  3. Nature is not mass-produced, there is diversity

How can Enschede Textielstad incorporate these principles in their company structure? Enschede Textielstad is a sustainable weaving mill that turns natural and recycled yarns into fashion and upholstery fabrics. As a company, Enschede Textielstad strives to be sustainable in all aspects, not only in the products we produce. Our office is for instance entirely built from second-hand materials. How can sustainability be implemented integrally? A solution for our industrial waste, a possible collection of textile waste, new packaging materials, renewable energy and a sustainable design of the office are all topics that will be researched during this project. A Life Cycle Assessment for different materials and processes will be relevant in order to measure the positive impact of a more sustainable choice. The more sustainable choices should be processed into an overview and prototypes should be tested in order to see which solutions can be directly implemented for Enschede Textielstad. For more information, check our website or YouTube channel.

Cluster: Future Economics

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):