T-shirts can testify to having undergone long journeys. Prior to being offered for sale in Germany, they first migrate from the cotton plantations in the USA to the weaving and dyeing mills in India and are then sewn in Bangladesh. They finally land in the ports of Hamburg or Rotterdam after traveling as far as 40,000 km. Aside from the manufacturing process, the actual transport of these products releases huge amounts of greenhouse gases as well. Yet for economic reasons regional manufacture still seems  not to be possible. This could change in the near future as the young start-up sewts ( the name is a combination of the English suit and to sew ) wants to bring textile production back to Germany. The production work will be carried out entirely by robots instead of being done by people. The three founders Alexander Bley, Tim Doerks and Till Rickert recently presented a prototype for the fully automated handling of textiles – as part of a large-scale industrial laundry – at the Tech Check (Bavarian Center for Digitization) in Munich.

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Author profile picture Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.