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Brief Published: 11 Oct 2012

Singtex: Fashioning Textile Innovation


Taipei-based textile company Singtex has created a new clothing material from recycled coffee grounds, called Scafe.  

The textile process of creating the fabric is similar to that used to turn bamboo into a viscose-like material. The result is a soft, light, flexible and breathable material ideal for sportswear or outerwear.

Pioneering a revolution in eco-friendly textile manufacturing, founder Jason Chen has been developing Bluesign-certified fabric for more than two decades (the Bluesign standard is a widely accepted certification of the eco-friendliness of an entire textile production chain). Investing in high-tech machinery, Jason aims to keep sustainability at the core of the product while demonstrating innovative dye and weave methods.

Recently showcasing for the Autumn/Winter 2013-14 season at fabric show Première Vision in Paris last month, the company’s clients range from outdoor lifestyle brands such as Timberland and Nike through to fashion labels Ben Sherman and Burberry.


Scafe Fabric