Creating new sustainable cellulosic fibres from discarded clothing

Jenny Fredricsdotter Friday, 1 May 2020

One of the key sustainability issues around the use of wood pulp for the production of fabrics like viscose and lyocell is the destruction of forests that are impossible to replace. But what if there was a waste material that we have a vast quantity of already that could replace wood pulp in the cellulosic fibre process?

We are thrilled to present the Circulose arm of the Swedish re:newcell project that takes discarded clothing and turns it into a brand new cellulosic fibre. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the material, the science behind the process and why it is sustainable.


In this video you'll learn:

  • About the sustainable cellulosic material created by Swedish company Re:newcell
  • About the technology that transforms textile waste into sustainable fibres
  • Why Circulose is a natural material and what makes it closed loop
  • How Circulose compares to lyocell or tencel
  • How designers and brands can work with this fibre right now

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