We recently discovered that one of our customers was involved in work therapy. We were curious to know more about it and reached out to learn more about this exciting project.
Our customer is Re-Athlete, a German brand producing sustainable sportswear using the ECONYL® regenerated yarn and organic cotton. The clothing is intended for individual athletes, teams and clubs as well as companies in the field of corporate sports.
We talked with Johannes Skowron of Re-Athlete, who explained more about these activities and why they decided to be involved in work therapy.
From the very beginning, we determined that we can only work in a sustainable manner as long as we operate both ecologically and socially. Therefore, we decided to use ECONYL® 100% regenerated yarn in connection with a regional production in Germany. We want to establish a transparent manufacturing process that allows us to understand which labor standards, safety measures, and wages are being complied with. Therefore, we could not imagine outsourcing our production in a country with the standards of the fast fashion industry. We want to position ourselves precisely against these abuses. We even want to go a step further.
That’s why we decided to produce in Germany in the context of work therapy. Work therapy serves as a therapeutic tool for people with challenges such as mental disabilities and offers people way to reintegrate into society and working life. For this purpose, we work together with a local sewing workshop, which implements the mentioned measures. At the moment, we are already working on a plan for our own production facility with which we would like to expand this concept in the future. We see high demand in Germany for inclusion and integration. That’s why we want to hire people who otherwise find it difficult to find employment in the job market. Within this context, for example, we are talking about people with mental disabilities or refugees who need to be integrated in a sustainable way.
The overall concept of Re-Athlete, therefore, includes ecological materials, a regional and social production, and a sustainable corporate structure.