🏆Yes! The DualCircuit T-Shirt came in first place in the “CircularDesign” category at the Design Preis Schweiz Award Ceremony in Langenthal, Switzerland, on November 3rd 2023. Out of 250 applicants across all categories, the T-Shirt and its underlying textile technology blew away the jury. It was developed and designed in a collaborative project between OceanSafe and the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Service ZIVI and will be available for Zivi workers to wear in the field starting in 2024.
What makes the T-Shirt so special? It represents the principles of sustainability and the circular economy: Made of OceanSafe’s synthetic, circular polyester replacement naNea materials, the T-Shirt is safe for the technical and biological cycle. It is Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold, OceanSafe Certified and meets the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Service’s requirements for durability, performance, comfort in wear and professional care.
Everything that is used to produce and manufacture the T-Shirts is safe for the technical and biological cycle – from fiber, yarn, and hangtags to dye colors.
To close material loops, we will mutually establish a Take-back system. Here, advanced processes allow for complete depolymerization at the end of life, extracting all essential raw materials to produce new textiles, thereby maintaining the same high quality as the initial one.
We are so proud! The award perfectly exemplifies that sustainability, quality and design are not mutually exclusive!