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Don’t forget the labels in sustainable design

Short-fibre cotton and recycled PET in enhanced range.

12th July 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Dortmund, Germany


Dortex, the family-owned manufacturer of textile labels based in Dortmund, Germany, is increasing the use of sustainable materials across its portfolio.

Details such as labels can often be overlooked when designers are planning sustainable new garments, but Dortex cotton laundry labels are made of pure, undyed organic cotton.

Short-fibre organic cotton is unusual as a basis for textile labels, the company explains, as the technical requirements for woven labels are very high and usually only long-fibre cottons are used. A printing process is employed to overcome this hurdle for the single (black) labels which are available from just 20 pieces.

High-quality recycled polyester yarns have become an established component in the production of Dortex labels for some time, initially in warp threads in the Flexinera product range, but now also in Dortex Color printed fabric care labels and Satinera satin ribbons, characterised by radiant, bright colours and made of 100% rPET.

These labels are lightfast, abrasion-resistant, washable up to 60°C and very durable. Customers can use as many colours and colour gradients as they like when configuring them.

All Dortex labels are made in Germany to eliminate long delivery and decision-making routes. The cotton care labels, for example, are printed in Dresden, the company’s second production site.

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