Technical Fabric Services (TFS) Australia, based at Stapylton on the Gold Coast, is one of the last remaining Australian textile manufacturers. They produce specialized elastane-based fabrics for swimwear, underwear, activewear, medical, workwear and defence.
Responsibly sourced goes beyond sustainable materials. TFS has long standing relationships with its suppliers and ensure transparency with all materials sourced and used.
TFS offers a range of certified recycled fibers including recycled polyester, recycled nylon, recycled elastane as well as an extensive range of natural, organic and regenerated cellulose fibers.
TFS is committed to continually optimising production processes and machinery performance to reduce the facilities footprint. Throughout the year of 2021 TFS successfully reduced its total energy intensity by 28.9%.
The practice of sustainable cotton sourcing takes into account environmental, social, economic, and ethical factors to create a responsible product from seed to sale. TFS takes a zero tolerance approach to unethical behaviour - not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s the right way to do business.
The manufacturing industry is one of the biggest consumers of electricity in the global energy market. A shift to towards solar power was a viable means of clean energy at TFS, and now 30% of their power comes from solar.
To propel the environmentally conscious movement forward, new developments must be used to transition to sustainability. TFS is committed to continually trialing new production methods and innovative materials to stay ahead of the market. Sustainable textile fibre innovations are at various stages of development but in recent years many have begun scaling up as brands, supplier partners and consumers push to accelerate market readiness.
The largest pollutant in textile manufacturing is liquid waste. That is why the TFS facility is committed to the highest standard of water management and onsite treatment of liquid waste. Water from the dye process is stored and continually reused in non-sensitive dyeing processes. Where it can’t be recycled, liquid waste is treated at the onsite effluent plant before safely re-entering the environment.
TFS is committed to improving systems to reduce waste intensity and ensuring that sustainable alternatives that can re-enter the circular economy are first choice. With the help of EcoBiz, TFS reduced the facilities total waste intensity by 17% throughout 2021.