At Filippa K, the journey towards a circular business model is well on its way, and the Circular Fashion Strategy guides the way. “The Strategy is our internal framework on how to adopt to a circular economy, guiding us on how to move away from the linear models towards circular ones, like nature’s eco system,” says Elin Larsson, Sustainability Director at Filippa K.
The Circular Fashion Strategy, says Elin Larsson, includes everything from “how we design, develop and produce our clothes” to “changing our business models and making sure our clothes really get the long lives they deserve”. “We are not only doing this work because it feels like the right thing to do, but also because we want to run a successful company, now and in the future.”
This mindset means Filippa K constantly explore parts of the business that need improvement. The latest quest is to find better solutions for leftover fabrics from Filippa K’s own production. “We normally have to order minimum lengths of fabric, and sometimes we do not use all of that for production, so we end up with roles of unused fabric. Quite often we can use that fabric for other products, but in some cases we do not find a second use for these wonderful fabrics ourselves”, says Elin Larsson.
When Anna-Karin Bons, one of Filippa K’s Buying managers, heard about startup Rekotex, she saw great potential: “When I first heard of Rekotex, I immediately felt that this is something for Filippa K. For various reasons, there are always fabrics left after production. Imagine that these fabrics can get a second life elsewhere – it feels like a win win for everyone involved”, says Anna Karin Bons.
Filippa K already already uses Rekotex and has four fabrics available on the platform.
« Seeing large amounts of unused fabric rolls just being leftovers in textile companies' warehouses made me start Rekotex »
Textile economist Marie Jonsson started Rekotex in February this year. The idea is simple: to connect fashion companies with excess fabric with buyers. The challenge is more complicated: it’s all about logistics.
What’s the purpose of Rekotex?
– Rekotex is a link between producing companies with leftover fabrics and companies that need smaller quantities of fabric than the fabric manufacturers often require.
Why was Rekotex founded?
– Seeing the problem with large amounts of unused fabric rolls just being leftovers in textile companies’ warehouses made me start Rekotex. It can be hundreds of meters of fabric that is almost impossible for the companies to dispose in a proper way. At the same time I know the limited choices for smaller fashion producers because of the high minimum orders. Rekotex is a way to solve both these problems and at the same time minimize textile waste.
What are your main challenges?
– I want to offer the partners to Rekotex full service–the seller and the buyer shall feel safe and secure working with us in every part of the process. So the challenge has been to build up the logistics form; a specially developed digital platform that serves as the base of the business model.
What does a success story look like for you?
– If companies would, before making an order from a fabric manufacturer, look at our online store to see what’s already available via other actors’ stock shelves. A success for us would be if Rekotex can contribute to minimize the textile waste by being a natural logistics and trading channel for leftover fabrics.
Read more about Rekotex here.