Saint-Brieuc: the Artex textile sector receives an “Oscar for social innovation”

From left to right: Muriel Le Goff director, Maria Lesven project manager, Tifenn Duplenne adviser on professional integration, Philippe Royer and Jean-Marc Le Soller supervisors in the technical workshop. ©Yann ANDRE

The Association of Business Oscars distinguished Thursday, November 3, 2022 the textile revaluation workshop (Artex), whose premises are located inLangueux (Cotes-d’Armor)

in the “social innovation” category.

700 tons of textiles per year Artex took root in Saint Brieuc a little over 30 years ago, in 1989, in the form of aintegration project . The current name dates back to 1996 and the year 2014 marked a turning point when the small company, member of the network Adapei-Newsand recognized Esatco (establishment of service and help through work

), left the Chaptal district to settle near the commercial area of ​​Langueux.

There, no less than 700 tons of clothes are sorted there each year. Clothes but not only! Sheets, shoes, handbags, teddy bears… All intended for reuse, recycling or energy recovery.

100% of what we collect we process it and we find a value for it. There are maybe 2% of products which in the end are unusable.

Muriel Le Goff, director of Artex

A real industry By reuse, we mean resale in the two shops which depend on Artex and are both based in Saint-Brieuc: la Boîte à fringues and Fripes & Co. But also for the Le Relais national network

which works with cooperatives, particularly in Africa, according to very scrupulous specifications.

Whole, fully traceable bales are sent to partners such as the national Le Relais network. ©Yann ANDRE The part recycling, coordinated withthe Kerval center

, makes it possible to manufacture wiping cloths or insulating materials. “Textile, like wool, can also be shredded to be reworked,” adds the director, Muriel Le Goff. About theEnergy recovery it concerns all textiles for which there is no recycling channel: leather, polyester, etc. They are then transformed into solid recovered fuel (SRC) at the incineration plant of


Social innovation With everything we have just read, we wonder why it was not in the “environment” category that Artex received its Oscar. Because all this is only the support activity to extensive reintegration work

job seekers, long-term unemployed and recipients of social minima.
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Around thirty people work daily in the Artex workshops to sort the 700 tonnes of textiles collected each year. ©Yann ANDRE Of the 50 people who work there, 14 are on permanent contracts with the status of disabled workers and 28 on fixed-term contracts with a view to acquiring skills to find long-term employment. ” The integration project

welcomes 45 people per year on average because it turns a lot”, specifies Muriel Le Goff. “The innovative side”, she continues, “is to develop our positions tostick closer to the labor market

by being in direct contact with a whole network of partners and companies, but also by providing personalized follow-up and support”.

The list of partners in question is too dizzying to be listed here. And the outlets are just as important: control agents, production agents, handlers, salespeople, drivers, etc.

We also have people who have become chambermaids in a hotel, cleaners in a medico-social institute or who have gone into the food industry. To achieve this, the team counts several technical supervisors Philippe Royer, Jean-Marc Le Soller and Sophie Banek Asaro, as well as aprofessional integration counselor

, Tifenn Duplenne. “We are working on increasing skills, on fundamentals such as interpersonal skills (motivation, punctuality, respect for the framework) but also on issues of mobility or childcare,” says Muriel Le Goff.

“Real Ethics” Added to this are stillnew areas of intervention . Recently, Artex successfully embarked on the ecommerce and work with thePloufragan technology park, Innôzh Composite

in order to find new outlets for certain types of waste.

For a little over a year, Artex has also been experimenting with e-commerce with high-end clothing. ©Yann ANDRE Finally, a new store will open in Saint-Brieuc 2023

with “products that we do not find on the market but we do not want to say more for the moment! “. This shop will also include an educational and didactic component to better understand what the second-hand market, the social and solidarity economy or even the circular economy are. ” Becausewe collect, sort and sell locally

“, namely within a radius of 25 km around Artex, in the territory of Saint-Brieuc agglomeration and part of the Leff community, “we have a real ethic”, proudly concludes the director of Artex. Artex1, rue Gustave Eiffel in Langueux. Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Such. 02 96 68 98 03. The Clothes Box53, rue Chaptal in Saint-Brieuc Monday 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Such. 02 96 68 23 24. Fripes & Co

14, rue de la prefecture in Saint-Brieuc. Tuesday and Thursday 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Such. 06 70 41 39 32. The association of business Oscars brings together the CCI of Côtes-d’Armor, the order of chartered accountants, the Departmental Council, Crédit Agricole des Côtes-d’Armor with the support of Commespace, Enedis, BCI and the agglomeration of Saint-Brieuc. Was this article helpful to you? Know that you can follow Le Penthièvre in space

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Saint-Brieuc: the Artex textile sector receives an “Oscar for social innovation”