Sustainable Industry

Reducing the use of raw materials from non-renewable sources and recycling are Fibertex’s goals

Fibertex focuses on recycled fibers from PET bottles, in addition to incorporating sustainable practices into its production process 

Reducing the use of raw materials from non-renewable sources and waste in nature are essential to ensure environmental conservation. A clean and sustainable industry must follow these principles.

We have a clean production process to drive socioeconomic and environmental development while supporting renewable resources, investments in technology, and research and development.

In order to live up to this requirement, Fibertex – a textile company pioneer in the production of nonwovens – developed a line of such products that is fully made from recycled fibers from PET bottles collected from the environment. In addition, it incorporates sustainable practices into its nonwovens production process.

Fibertex’s initiatives are in line with the strategy of the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) towards a low-carbon economy based on four pillars: energy transition, carbon market, circular economy, and forest conservation.

“Fibertex’s operations are fully consistent with the triple bottom line: environmental, social and economic. We have a clean production process to drive socioeconomic and environmental development while supporting renewable resources, investments in technology, and research and development,” president of Fibertex Brazil Carlos Benatto says.

All roundness – Fibertex provides durable nonwovens for a variety of applications, with adequate thickness, weight and mechanical properties, such as high tensile rates, tear resistance, elongation, flexibility, and absorption.

The product was created in response to market demand – materials from sustainable sources became a requirement (especially major brands of sports shoes), high performance materials and certification of traceability and sustainable origin.

To meet this demand, Fibertex resorted to sustainable technology and raw materials. It put together a team capable of developing these products and checking on their performance with customers. The process started to be tracked. A Fibertex sustainable certification was also created, which guarantees the process and origin of raw materials and the use of 100% of the materials, which reduces waste.

Fibertex developed a comprehensive portfolio to meet the needs of synthetic laminate manufacturers, dubbing businesses and manufacturers of components for the footwear industry. All products are entirely made from recycled PET bottles. There is also a specific product line for the footwear sector made from recycled polyester fibers.

Practical changes – In addition to products themselves, the company has adapted its routine procedures. It uses energy from 100% renewable sources and has a photovoltaic energy system in place in the office area. In addition, it is considering using this type of energy for the production process and has implemented some changes: more cost-effective equipment (air compressors, lamps, engines) has been acquired; rainwater is reused in the process and, if disposal is necessary, it is cleaned and treated before being returned to a river, without any damages to the environment.

As part of its sustainable strategy, Fibertex also invests in the professional training of its human capital. “We believe that high performance is driven by people and so we focus on training and educating the workers involved in the production chain so that we can make the most of technology in terms of cost-effectiveness and efficiency. The results are reflected in the most effective solutions for key sectors in the economy, such as medical/health care, automotive, footwear, filtration, infrastructure, agriculture, and more,” says Carlos Benatto.

History – Fibertex has more than a thousand employees worldwide and is wholly owned by SchouwCo. It is headquartered in Aalborg, Denmark, where the company was founded in 1968. It also has production facilities in France, Czech Republic, Turkey, South Africa, the US, and Brazil, as well as sales offices in France, Spain, China, India, and Portugal.