Prinses Máxima Centrum opts for sustainable uniform of Tecawork™ Ecogreen

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The Prinses Máxima Centrum is the first centre for paediatric oncology in the Netherlands with 100% sustainable uniforms. The new clothing line was created thanks to an unequalled collaboration between designer, supplier, producer and laundry. The Prinses Máxima Centrum, located in Utrecht, opened its doors in May 2018.

Not just 100% green fibres, but comfortable too
Tecawork™ Ecogreen is the first 100% sustainable fabric on the market based on an innovative, eco-friendly fibre technology. Traditional cotton has a huge impact on the environment, so TenCate Protective Fabrics has replaced it with Lyocell in this 100% sustainable blend. Lyocell is made of sustainable sourced wood. The polyester component in the fabric is made of recycled PET bottles. To illustrate: a single uniform of size M contains 27 plastic half-litre bottles. This means no new raw materials are required and production uses significantly less energy. “We saw that all available sustainable blends in the market were basically only partially green,” explains Martine Kok, Product Manager Workwear at TenCate, “and we really wanted to provide a truly sustainable alternative. But the blend had to be even more comfortable for wearers, as well as resistant to the industrial washing process.”

Extensively tested
Because hospital clothing is used so intensively, and since hygiene is such a key aspect in a hospital, part of the responsibility for sustainability lies at the laundry. Titus Mulder, CEO of Rentex Floron: “For the purpose of sustainable laundry, we wash at lower than normal temperatures, but hot enough to kill bacteria. We use special disinfectants for this, which also have a lower impact on the environment.”

Effective collaboration
The decision to go for Tecawork™ Ecogreen was made in consultation with producer and collaborative partner of TenCate, De Berkel. Agnes Meinen, Sales Manager at De Berkel, is enthusiastic about the result: “The Prinses Máxima Centrum has far-reaching CSR ambitions, and with Tecawork™ Ecogreen we’re matching them step for step.” The new clothing line was designed by haute couture designer Monique Collignon, based on input from the Prinses Máxima Centrum children’s advisory council. Thanks to the seamless collaboration with all parties, the Prinses Máxima Centrum is now the first paediatric oncology centre in the Netherlands where 100% green uniforms are worn. ‘With corporate social responsibility being such an important focal point for our centre, we are immensely proud of our employees’ sustainable uniforms,’ says Diana Monissen, chairperson of the Board of the Prinses Máxima Centrum.

Nij Smellinghe hospital introduces sustainable work clothing made of Tecawork™ Ecogreen

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We are happy to announce that the Nij Smellinghe hospital has chosen our Tecawork™ Ecogreen fabrics for their new clothing. Located in Drachten, it is the second Netherlands hospital to switch to sustainable garments offering an improved comfort and a lower CO2 footprint. A total of 7.000 garments will be replaced from May onwards in successive phases with clothing made of our sustainable fabrics. Tecawork™ Ecogreen is the first workwear fabric made of 100% sustainable content. Based on an innovative environment-friendly fiber technology consisting of Lyocell, a fiber originated from sustainably grown wood, and recycled polyester obtained from PET bottles. This sustainable clothing will be leased by Rentex Floron, an industrial laundry renowned to be at the forefront when it comes to sustainable initiatives.

Comfortable and greener to wear !
The new clothing isn’t just more environmentally friendly but also more comfortable. The soft yet strong fabric offers a high moisture management feature allowing healthcare professionals to remain dry and fresh all day long. The new uniforms also represent an important step in the hospital’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. TenCate Protective Fabrics is proud to contribute to achieving this important sustainability goal.

TenCate introduces Tecawork™ Ecogreen at A+A

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Comfortable & sustainable workwear fabrics made of 100% green fibres

TenCate Protective Fabrics proudly introduces Tecawork™ Ecogreen, a range of fabrics for workwear that are not only more sustainable, but also take wearer comfort to a higher level – a unique combination. Besides having a fundamentally lower environmental impact, these fabrics have improved characteristics, such as excellent breathability and a soft and supple feel. From 17th to 20th October, TenCate will present these new fabrics at the A+A trade fair in Düsseldorf (Germany).

More sustainable and more comfortable 
TenCate Tecawork™ Ecogreen fabrics are manufactured from 100% bio-cellulosic fibres from FSC wood and 100% mechanically recycled polyester from PET bottles. This significantly reduces the environmental impact compared to fabrics from traditional cotton and virgin polyester. In addition to being more sustainable, TenCate Tecawork™ Ecogreen fabrics have a high bio-cellulosic content, providing an unparalleled softness and supple feel. The fabrics also have excellent moisture-regulating properties. The fabric is strong, has high mechanical properties and comes with excellent colour retention capabilities, ensuring long-lasting looks even after repeated industrial laundering.

Panama and Ripstop

Other workwear fabrics showcased at A+A will be Tecawork™ Panama, a range of tough and robust, yet also light and comfortable fabrics ideal for stylish heavy-duty workwear, and Tecawork™ Ripstop, a highly durable fabric particularly resistant to tearing with a fine and smooth structure that enhances wearer comfort.

Visit us at A+A!

TenCate will present the new Tecawork™ fabrics at the international A+A trade fair in Germany, a leading event for occupational safety, which takes place from 17th to 20th October in Düsseldorf. You can visit us there in Hall 3, Stand D54.