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 Sustainable textiles from re:newcell
Textiles | 05.10.2016

Sweden invests in sustainable textiles

Sustainable textiles from re:newcell

Sustainable textiles from re:newcell. Turning something old into something new: this recycling technique creates new fibers. (Quelle: Thinkstock)
Turning something old into something new: this recycling technique creates new fibers.
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Recycled fibers are becoming of more interest, with many of the synthetic global players offering an eco alternative. The ingredients for this recycling is from post industrial and post consumer goods, but one company is taking the recycled further by offering full circle garments.

Fouriertransform, the Swedish government-owned investment company, together with the private investor Girincubator, have recently announced a SEK 48 million (Euros 4.98 Million) investment in the Swedish innovation company re:newcell. The investment is used to build the world’s first production line for textile pulp from recycled textiles, making 100% circular garments a reality.


Re-newcell the company, through this co-operation, has accomplished a new ground breaking recycling process of recycling cotton and other cellulosic textiles such as viscose into new textile fibers. The first re:newcell production of a fully recycled garment was presented at a fashion show during the first week in July on Gotland, Sweden in 2014. The garment was a breakthrough for the textile recycling industry.

Read more about sustainability in the textile industry here.

”re:newcell is fully in line with Fouriertransform’s strategy to invest in world-class manufacturing industry with high innovation and opportunity for global growth. The technology represents a potentially important future circular solution to responsibly manage the challenge to meet the growing world demand for cotton textiles, which is a limited resource for the fashion and textile industry," said Per Aniansson, Investment Director Fouriertransform.

A new recycling process turns cotton and viscose into new textile fibers. (Quelle: re:newcell)
A new recycling process turns cotton and viscose into new textile fibers.
Bild: re:newcell

"The goal with re:newcell is to be part of creating a modern textile industry with resource-efficient processes and materials. It is with great pleasure that we take the next step in its development, with a first production line and a very strong ownership," says Malcolm Norlin, co-founder of re:newcell and Chairman of Girincubator. 

The technology originates from research and development by Prof. Mikael Lindström, Prof. Gunnar Henriksson and Dr. Christofer Lindgren, of KTH in Stockholm.

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Article by Louisa Smith, trend scout
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