TreeToTextile to build demo plant for upscaling new sustainable textile fiber
TreeToTextile AB, a Swedish technology startup venture owned by H&M Group, Inter IKEA Group, Stora Enso, and LSCS Invest, has announced that it will invest EUR 35 million in constructing a demonstration plant in Sweden. It is a critical next step towards commercializing a new sustainable textile fiber, with scalable technology and low manufacturing cost. The aim is to make sustainable textile fibers available to all.
The global demand for sustainable textile fibers is growing and TreeToTextile is committed to enabling brands, companies, and others with a progressive agenda, to have access to sustainable textile fibers.
TreeToTextile offers a new technology to produce biobased textile fibers with a low environmental footprint at an attractive cost level. The new fiber is a regenerated cellulosic fiber, produced from renewable and sustainably sourced raw materials from the forest.
TreeToTextile’s strong sustainability performance is confirmed by a third-party verified Life-Cycle-Assessment study. Looking at the sustainability targets, the new technology would mean less use of energy, chemicals, and water when benchmarked to the production of conventional fibers.
The novel process is deliberately designed to have low energy demand and low chemical need. It is engineered to suit large-scale production and includes a recovery system for reusing chemicals.
Our technology has the potential to reduce the environmental footprint of the textile industry significantly. With our owners’ support, innovative agendas, know-how, and size, we assess that TreeToTextile can play an important contributing part globally, in enabling the textile industry to become sustainable and circular, said Sigrid Barnekow, CEO of TreeToTextile.
Demo plant at Stora Enso Nymölla
TreeToTextile is now investing to construct a demonstration plant for upscaling the process technology. The cost is pegged at EUR 35 million, which is funded with an investment of EUR 27,4 million from the owners, H&M Group, Inter IKEA Group, Stora Enso, and LSCS Invest, and a grant of EUR 7,6 million from the Swedish Energy Agency.
The plant will be established at Stora Enso’s Nymölla mill in southern Sweden, and the construction will start in spring 2021. The production capacity will be 1 500 tonnes of fiber per year.
The key to creating real change is cooperation. We are a young organization and at the beginning of our operations, but by investing in a demonstration plant, we are finally on the go. With it, we are turning years of R&D into reality to increase the biobased share on the textile market to support climate action. That is why this is an important point in time, not only for TreeToTextile, said Roxana Barbieru, Chairwoman of TreeToTextile and VP Emerging Businesses and Alliances Management, Biomaterials at Stora Enso.
The raw material used at the demo plant will primarily be dissolving pulp from Stora Enso’s Enocell Mill in Finland. It is renewable, 100 percent traceable to its origins, and comes from sustainably managed forests from the vicinity of the mill.
We are moving further down the value chain. TreeToTextile means new opportunities, not just for the forest industry. On this journey, we collaborate with other industry leaders, and while our challenges may differ, we all share the same ambitious commitment to creating a more sustainable future, ended Roxana Barbieru.