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Spinnova and Renewcell to jointly scale circular fashion

Spinnova and Renewcell to jointly scale circular fashion
Bales of recycled cotton textiles to be processed into Circulose pulp (photo courtesy Renewcell).

Finland-headed sustainable textile material company Spinnova Oy, and Swedish textile recycling innovator Re:NewCell AB (Renewcell) have announced a collaboration to develop and promote a concept to commercialise and scale textile waste-based fibre. The collaboration is the first of its kind, where textile waste-based fibre can be spun into new fibre without harmful chemicals.

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Award-winning circular innovation companies Spinnova and Renewcell have announced their cooperation to introduce a technology concept for scaling the production of next-generation textile fibre from textile waste.

The new fibre production concept combines patented technology from both companies and advances circularity in the fashion and textile industries.

Pioneering a circular economy in the fashion industry, Renewcell recycles cellulosic-rich textile waste such as cotton and viscose using a patented process, which transforms textile waste into a pulp product called CIRCULOSE.

This biodegradable raw material is produced from 100 percent recycled textiles and can be used to create new fibre.

New biobased textile fibre

Until now, CIRCULOSE has been used to create man-made cellulosic fibres, such as viscose. With Spinnova’s transformative technology, the partners can turn CIRCULOSE into a new, biobased textile fibre without any harmful chemicals in the fibre spinning process.

This is a remarkable step towards addressing the industry’s growing textile waste problem while setting new standards for sustainable textile fibre production.

Spinnova has already made successful trials spinning the CIRCULOSE pulp into a new textile fibre.

The first batches of SPINNOVA fibre made with 100 percent CIRCULOSE have been produced for yarn and fabric development, and the prototypes are made from a blend of cotton and SPINNOVA fibre made with CIRCULOSE.

The fashion and textile industry needs new solutions and collaboration across its supply chain, which makes this such an exciting partnership for us. Our goal is to accelerate the fashion industry’s transition to a circular economy and explore options to scale textile-to-textile fibre production. Developing our partnership with the skilled Renewcell team has been a great pleasure and the first tests combining Renewcell’s material and Spinnova’s technology have been very promising, said Ben Selby, Deputy CEO at Spinnova.

Scale up textile-to-textile fibre production

The companies are currently assessing options to start scaling textile-to-textile fibre production with potential partners and expect to start developing the first consumer collection made from CIRCULOSE-based SPINNOVA fibre.

The first consumer products are estimated to enter the global market at the end of 2024.

The textile industry is in the middle of a massive change when moving from a linear business model to a circular economy. Change requires new partnerships and brave, innovative players. Learning more about Spinnova’s technology has been really exciting and we can’t wait to launch the first collection made from CIRCULOSE using Spinnova’s unique fibre spinning technology, said Patrik Lundström, CEO at Renewcell.

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