Texon, a supplier of sustainable, high quality, high performance material solutions has developed a new insole technology that is based on 85% rPET and is 100% recyclable. In addition, the material weighs up to 32% less than similar materials, but delivers the same strength and performance as heavier substrates.
This is achieved through the use of a special fusion-bonded production process that enhances the internal bonding structure of the material’s fibres. The process results in a thin, lightweight material which is produced using up to 50% less energy per square metre of material and consuming less water and chemicals.
Earlier this year, Texon committed to becoming a zero waste business by 2025, explained James Chandler, New Product Development Manager at Texon.
“As part of this commitment we’re scaling down our use of virgin materials and developing pioneering new solutions that allow us to take less from the planet and optimise what we already have. Texon Ecoline reflects this approach and proves it is possible to make high performance lightweight insoles from recycled material, without compromising performance or quality.”
Texon has integrated the product into its take back program for solid waste recycling. This scheme enables footwear producers to return any offcuts to Texon to create more of the same product – reducing the amount of material sent to landfill and saving manufacturers money on waste disposal costs.
Texon Ecoline is suitable for most types of footwear. Available in sheet form in a neutral colour, it can also be supplied in net form for better management of solid waste. Different gauges, manufacturing methods and treatments allow for versatility and a wide range of applications.