Three companies-Teijin Limited, Onward Holdings and Fuji Xerox-will jointly launch a closed-loop recycling system for uniforms in China.

The system is based on Teijin's ECO CIRCLE that incorporates the world's first technology for the chemical recycling of polyester, the partner companies announced on 18 December last year.

Nantong Teijin Co., Ltd., the Teijin group's polyester textile manufacturing and processing company, weaves and dyes recyclable polyester textiles, which are then used for the uniforms designed and produced by Onward Trading (Shanghai), a Shanghai-based Onward group company engaged in the design, manufacturing and sales of uniforms.

From January 2014, the uniform will be worn by 500 customer engineers at Fuji Xerox (China) Limited. This is a Beijing-based Fuji Xerox sales company.

The 200 production line workers at Fuji Xerox Eco-Manufacturing (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., which recycles used copiers, printers and cartridges.

The uniforms will be collected after their useful lives and sent to the recycling plant of Zhejiang Jiaren New Materials, a joint venture between Teijin and Jinggong Holding Group in Shaoxing that chemically recycles polyester products as well as produces and sells recycled polyester fibers.

After chemical decomposition, the uniforms will be converted into polyester raw material offering purity comparable to polyester derived directly from petroleum. The raw material then will be turned into high-quality polyester, which Onward Trading (Shanghai) will use to produce new uniforms for Fuji Xerox in China, thereby minimizing the consumption of natural resources.

"The three companies all commit to helping reduce environmental loads with our technologies, which led us to establishing this uniform recycling scheme," said Masataka Jo, president and CEO of Fuji Xerox (China). "I expect that this system will raise our employees' awareness to protect environment. Fuji Xerox continues such initiatives, also by offering energy-saving products and solutions, aiming to contributing to growth and reduction of environmental loads in China."