Everything we do is in line with our commitment to the planet and to the people who live on it. This applies to each of the steps we have taken and all the special projects that we have initiated and that we will continue to lead in the future.
Taking the natural dyeing of our garments a step further through the use of agricultural waste, the Colorcycle project will champion a new way of doing things. The project began with the collection of walnut shells, in collaboration with the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, the Gipuzkoa Association of Cider Houses and Archroma. Ternua collects 500 kilos of walnut shells from four cider houses in Gipuzkoa, crushes them and generates a natural dye with the same properties as synthetic dyes but much less polluting. And now we have included new waste such as olives and chestnut shells that are used as the basis for making natural dyes. And with these dyes we have created the Colorcycle line of sustainable garments, doing our part to support the circular economy in the textile industry.
Marine litter and plastic threaten marine ecosystems in an alarming way. This serious problem not only affects flora and fauna but also humans, since marine debris becomes microplastics that enter the food chain. Through the Seacycle project, Ternua contributes to the cleaning of the oceans. In collaboration with AZTI-Tecnalia, the Basque Government (IHOBE), EKO-REC and Seaqual, we take advantage of the plastic waste that three fishing vessels collect along the Basque coast, mix this with selectively collected plastic waste and convert it into quality fabric that we use to produce quality and sustainable technical garments.
This is a project to collect and recycle disused fishing nets, to give them new life and turn them into sustainable clothing. Launched in 2015 in collaboration with the Basque Government, the fishermen’s association of Gipuzkoa and the Italian company Aquafil, Redcycle is a pioneering process through which the discarded nets from the associations (in Gipuzkoa and Bizkaia) of Bermeo, Getaria and Hondarribia are collected. The nets are then sent to Slovenia, where Aquafil prepares, shreds and cleans them and sends them, in turn, to the ECONYL® regeneration plant. There, the waste is converted into ECONYL® thread, a result of mixing the recycled fishing nets with other recycled materials such as carpets. This thread is used to make the fabrics that are transformed into recycled, recyclable and environmentally friendly garments.