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Nike Grind Lotus Tec®

Samatoa Lotus Textiles up-cycles a mix of plant-based wastes and Nike Grind materials into a revolutionary microfiber composite textile.

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“Manufacturing a luxury-ecological fabric from vegetal wastes to support the most vulnerable women in Cambodia.”, this challenge has already been taken up by SAMATOA LOTUS TEXTILES. Indeed, we up-cycle today 500 tons of lotus stems waste each year to manufacture 2,000 meters of pure lotus textile, a high quality, luxury and ecological textile.

And because we are constantly innovating, we want to break new ground in 2018 with the Lotus Tec®, a revolutionary fibre composite made from the up-cycling of our production’s wastes – the lotus stems – and the up-cycling of Nike’s wastes, in a perfect circular economy.

Thanks to the 400 tons of new disposal lotus stems wastes generated by our manufacturing process, we would be able to create 150,000 meters of an affordable revolutionary, technical, composite textile. To do so, we’d like to combine this natural waste with existing Nike Grind materials, to transform limited resources into unlimited potential.

With the new innovative fibre, we will provide textile designers and fashion brands with the first TAILOR MADE fabric. A fashion brand is looking for fabric with certain properties for a specific application? We take care of finding the right fibres combination to reach this perfect fabric.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Samatoa Lotus Textiles

Website (if applicable)

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Rubber Granulate
  • Mixed Apparel Textile
  • Mixed Footwear Textile
  • Footwear Fiber "Fluff"

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

Our revolutionary microfiber composite will be made from the up-cycling of our textile production wastes and the up-cycling of Nike production’s wastes, in a perfect circular economy. Nike Grind materials would therefore be the raw material of our innovation, enabling us to develop new range of ecological fibres and fabrics, offering new properties (UV blocking, wrinkle resistance, elasticity, softness, absorption…) to answer innovative designer’s needs.

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)


What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing
  • Prototyping

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Our target market is composed by fashion brands, wholesalers, independant designers, textile manufacturer based in Europe, in the USA and in Asia. Textile designers and Fashion Brand would benefit from our products since we offer them made-to-measure ecological fabric, adapted to their requirements. Moreover, our innovation will contribute to a sustainable economic growth in Siem Reap, using manufacturing techniques with the highest social, environmental and economic value.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

We follow a consistent strategic and business plan designed in collaboration with Kering's CEO in 2016 and the new pool of shareholders constituted in 2017. -Proof of Concept Projet Lotus Tec - June 2018 - Dec 2018. -Solidify 2019-2020 -Amplify 2021-2023 Samatoa develops a vast network of partners in order to guarantee a harmonious development (recycling industry, NGOs, universities, local enterprises, laboratories R&D). Risks&Difficulties: lack of local expertise in new technology, high transport cost from Nike recycling plants to our factory in Siem reap, Cambodia.

How is your idea innovative?

By using the state-of-art technology and by developing partnership with professionals in recycling, agro-ecology and fashion industry, we will manufacture a revolutionary range of eco textile, at affordable price. For the first time in textile industry, we will not provide our customers with a catalog of selected fabrics but we will create on demand the fabric gathering all desired properties, from a wide range of fibres. The Lotus Tec® textile offers the best environmental and social values.

What inspired this idea?

We manufacture eco textile in a perfect circular economy. After transforming a waste - the lotus stems- in to a luxury fabric, we want to give the best value of our waste and in the same time tackle the larger problem of plastic and textile waste to get more positive impact in Cambodia.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Since 15 years, I, Awen Delaval, have been committed to building a strong multicultural team, composed by experts in eco textiles and ethical fashion. Our main team is constituted of 5 persons and 12 partners (universities, NGOs, R&D, enterprises).

In what city are you located?

Siem Reap

In what country are you located?


What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)

Limited Company

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

We are convinced that our innovation will impact people and environment positively and that it can benefits to millions of consumers and thousands of employees. Through this Challenge, we expect to share, inspire, learn and benefit from the large Nike expertise in fashion industry and its facilities (sample room, laboratories for test, certification...) to perfect the prototypes and the pilot project and then to study any fruitful commercial collaboration in the future.

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Hi Awen Delaval

This whole project is truly inspiring: as you mention it would benefit to "thousands of employees", and as Samatoa current business seems to strive towards a fair and ethical commerce, would that new product be eligible to a fair-trade certification as well?

In any case, can't wait to hear more about your project!

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Hi Thibault,
Thanks for your interest.
We are indeed committed to fair-trade principles since our creation, as a member of the Artisan's Association of Cambodia. However, in order to answer the request of our clients, our main focus is actually to apply for Global Organic Standard Certification, SA8000 and Eco-Tex.
Best regards,

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Hi Awen Delaval ,

A reminder that the ideas phase of this Challenge closes in less than one hour, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please have your submission updated by this deadline with content to all proposal questions complete.

Excited to have you in the Challenge!

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Hello Catherine,
Thankf for being in the team!

Photo of Lauren Ito

Hi Awen Delaval ,

Great to see you in the Challenge! I’m excited to learn more about your idea to create new textiles. To understand more about how you might utilize the materials you've selected in your final product, could you please provide a few paragraphs to the question "How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?" Be as specific as possible about how the Nike Grind materials you've selected could be processed to create your final product from raw material?

Additionally, tagging in some individuals from the Challenge community you may want to connect with. We highly suggest you provide feedback on one another's ideas to accelerate the innovation process. Jurijs Kovzels , Tanushri Shukla , and Kaiwei Cheng .

Excited to learn more!

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This looks like a great idea, can the product be recycled again?

Photo of Awen Delaval

Hi Kevin, Thanks for your question! The final product is totally recyclable in new textile and within the same process almost unlimited number. The product will however slightly loose its initial properties until we will require to recycle it to produce other products (Asphalt road, composite thermoplatic...).