Adidas, based in Herzogenaurach (Germany) is one of the leading brands in the world. Everything they do is rooted in sport. Their purpose is to change lived through sport, this purpose guides the way they run their company. They strive to expand the limits of human possibilities, to include and unite people in sport, and to create a more sustainable world. Together we work on a closed loop for textile recycling.
Cato Composites, based in Rheden (the Netherlands), develops and manufactures thermoplastic composite products and components. Thanks to their broad experience, their expertise covers the complete range of thermoplastic composite materials, their characteristics and their suitability for applications. Their aim is to improve your product’s performance through continuous innovation: by reducing weight, improving energy absorption, adding strength or creating a great visual design.
CuRe Technology, based in Emmen (the Netherlands), is an energy-efficient solution for endless product to product transformation. To recycle infinitely. Creating a fully circular polyester chain for any kind of polyester. Together we develop the molecular recycling of PLA.
Donkersloot, based in Bussum (the Netherlands), develops textile floor coverings, such as carpets and rugs for distinctive interiors in professional application areas. Together we work on the development of circular rugs based on the Arapaha philosophy.
DyeCoo Textile Systems, based in Weesp (the Netherlands), provides revolutionary water free textile processing solutions on an industrial scale. DyeCoo is the world’s first supplier of industrial CO₂ textile dyeing equipment and dyes. Together we develop the worlds cleanest ways to dye Arapaha products.
Empower, based in Oslo (Norway), is a Tracking SaaS technology company that builds digital infrastructures to enable circular value chains around the world. By seamlessly connecting all the stakeholders in the value chain, Empower enables Arapaha to create Product Passports that show the origin as well as the journey of materials used. The verified data is stored with blockchain technology which acts as proof of transactions made. To collaboratively work on innovation of such technologies propels the transition to a circular economy and enable collectors, recyclers and brands to keep the materials in the loop.
Fabriek Fris, based in Ede (the Netherlands), is committed to inspiring, innovating and creating fair clothing. They give people with a refugee background a real chance on the labor market and at the same time they work on a more sustainable production process. Fair clothing close to home through local production with which they take steps together for more sustainable fashion. Fabriek Fris specializes in coaching starting/existing clothing brands, concept development and clothing productions.
Fashion for Good
Fashion for Good, based in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), is a global initiative to inspire change and drive the collective movement to make fashion a force for good. They work directly with the fashion industry to innovate towards solutions that are better for people and the planet. Together we work on a closed loop for textile recycling.
Fikagear, based in Valkenswaard (the Netherlands), is an organization consisting of hockey players & hockey enthusiasts, who have seen how things work within hockey clubs based on their own board experience. Based on their passion for hockey, they started developing unique balls and ball bags directly at the source. They now have several of their own products that are optimally geared to the sport of hockey.
i-did, based in The Hague (the Netherlands), is sustainable & social down to every fiber. They help people who have never or have not worked for a long time, for whatever reason, to get back to work. By means of coaching and guidance, they prepare them for a fully-fledged place in society. At the same time, they are clearing the textile mountain. They do this by making recycled felt from old textiles – such as company clothing or consumer clothing.
Jalema BV, based in Reuver & Hoogezand (the Netherlands), was founded in 1947. Jalema is a full-service production partner, specialized in injection molded products and products made from plastic and cardboard sheets. Jalema develops products together with its customers from various markets, with a focus on the use of new, sustainable raw materials. Besides, Jalema sells a range of office and archiving products.
Nilmore, based in Ostrava (Czech Republic), is a technological clothing start-up focused on sustainable fashion. Nilmore creates clothing in an ethical way to ensure positive change in the fashion industry. Together we work on a fully closed loop clothing collection with the Arapaha philosophy.
Optima Textiles, based in Wanroij (the Netherlands), is a producer of tricot textiles. With a spacious machine park of circular knitting machines, they are able to manufacture tricot in very different diameters and divisions. One of the most important activities of our organization concerns the completely customer-specific design and development of new qualities of fabric.
Laura Knipsael, based in Maastricht (the Netherlands), creates images for brands that don’t just want to be seen, but want to be remembered. She works for fashion brands and stores, magazines, content agencies, advertising companies, and more. But in all her collaborations, sustainability is paramount. Because we have a responsibility to create more than just a pretty picture. Together we work on creating a visual identity for Arapaha.
Niels Peter Flint
Niels Peter Flint, based in Copenhagen (Denmark), has been envisioning new innovative and sustainable, often very radical solutions that will improve life for humans and for life, for over 36 years. Together with him we are in a continuous brainstorm, gathering inspiration from real life and human necessities that we can transform into functional and beautiful products.
Olivia Bertus, based in Maastricht (the Netherlands), is a textile designer who is passionate about color, print and design. Together we work on patterns for Arapaha products.
Richard Stark, based in Maastricht (the Netherlands), is a photographer specialized in portaiture. He tries to authentically capture the way he sees a person in his photography. He is responsible for the beautiful pictures of our team.
Timo Kramp, based in Willemstad (Curaçao), started Kindly Made almost 3 years ago. Kindly Made is a branding bureau which focusses on brand development and packaging design. Inspired by Timo’s personal choice to adopt a vegan lifestyle, Kindly Made exclusively works together with vegan and plant-based brands. Because of this niche focus, they mostly work together with businesses in the food- and drink-industry. Together we have worked on the visual identity for Arapaha, including logo’s, brand identity, fonts, and more.
Science and Education
Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM), based in Geleen (the Netherlands), is a European, cross-border, research institute focusing on the development of advanced bio-based materials. Together we work on the BB100.eu project to develop rugs, bath mats and a backpack made from PLA.
Centexbel, based in Belgium, is an internationally renowned expertise centre for textile and plastic competence. Together we develop yarns and execute coating tests.
Fontys Expertisecentrum voor Circulaire Transitie (FECT), based in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), is a knowledge centre for the circular economy. Together we work on consumer behavior in relation to recycling.
Hochschule Niederrhein in Mönchengladbach
The Hochschule Niederrhein, based in Mönchengladbach (Germany), has a profile in teaching and research that connects technology and society. Thanks to problem- and transfer-oriented research, they are innovative drivers for companies in their region. They ensure that their network is well prepared to face challenges.
The ITA Aachen Institute of Textile Technology (part of RWTH), based in Aachen (Germany), is an international research and training service provider for fiber-based high-performance materials, textile semi-finished products and their manufacturing processes. Together we work on the development of hybrid yarns for a desk lamp.
Maastricht University, based in Maastricht (the Netherlands), is the most international university of the Netherlands. We work with Myrthe Velter, a PHD researcher in the field of shared value creation and business model innovation for sustainability. Together we analyse how to accelerate a circular economy and what the possible boundaries are within the Arapaha concept.
NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, based in Emmen (the Netherlands), is a multi-campus university. Together with their students we collaborate on the molecular recycling of Arapaha products.
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, based in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), is a leading knowledge institute for higher professional education. In this living lab ecosystem we collaborate on reviewing different options for our circular business model.
Saxion University of Applied Sciences
ThermoPlastic composites Application Center (TPAC), part of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, based in Enschede (the Netherlands), is an independent innovation, research and development center that aims at the understanding of thermoplastic composities and their manufacturing processes on an applied research level. Together we develop Arapaha composites for various applications.
TNO, based in Delft (the Netherlands), connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way. Together we work on the molecular recycling of Arapaha products.
Brightlands, based in Limburg (the Netherlands), is an international open innovation community. Every day more than 24,000 entrepreneurs, researchers and students work on breakthroughs in the fields of sustainability, health and digitalization. Brightlands has supported us during the early stages in their Brightlands Innovation Factory program.
Clean Tech Delta
Clean Tech Delta, based in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), originates and selects ideas, and brings them up to the project phase. Clean Tech Delta promotes, coordinates and supports cleantech opportunities. We are grateful to have received support for the GIST 1 and 2 project.
GALACTICA project aims to support the creation of new industrial value chains around textile and aerospace sectors based on advanced manufacturing. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 872336.
Horizon Europe Programme
Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding program for research and innovation. It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth. The program facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.
LIOF, based in Maastricht (the Netherlands), is the regional development company for Limburg and supports innovative entrepreneurs with advice, network and financing.
Municipality of Maastricht
The municipality of Maastricht, based in Maastricht (the Netherlands), aspires to be a sustainable, internationally oriented knowledge economy. The city creates good preconditions, ensures a business climate and makes connections in (Eu)region, between culture, knowledge and international meeting places.
Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland
RVO, based in the Netherlands, helps enterprising Dutch people and policy makers in the field of sustainability, doing business across borders, agricultural entrepreneurship and innovation. Together with partners, RVO makes the Netherlands economically stronger and more sustainable.
Stimulus Program Management, based in the Netherlands, is part of the province of Noord-Brabant, which carries out European, national and regional subsidy programs in the south of the Netherlands and Flanders. Stimulus advises and facilitates project applicants and implementers and monitors the progress and legitimacy of the subsidy projects.
Worth Project (EU)
WORTH project (EU) creates and supports transnational collaborations between fashion designers, creative people, manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) and technology firms looking to develop design-driven and innovative products.