Finnish Startups Developed Ground-Breaking Ecological Textile Fibers

Finnish Startups Developed Ground-Breaking Ecological Textile Fibers

Finnish Startups Developed Ground-Breaking Ecological Textile Fibers

The textile industry is on the verge of transformative change with the momentum that is building around establishing circular economies.

Textile recycling is becoming mandatory in the EU in 2025. Startups from Finland are among the leaders in driving this transition.

Only a few months after Adidas announced its partnership with Finnish textile material company SPINNOVAยฎ, the brand has recently unveiled its first product made in part with ๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—œ๐—ก๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—” fibres. Spinnova has developed a technology that can transform cellulosic fibre with a mechanical process. Suzano, the worldโ€™s largest wood pulp maker, is making a big bet by investing in Spinnova, together they are building a commercial-scale facility.

Materials science company PANGAIA has signed a multi-year sales deal with Finnish innovator Infinited Fiber Company. Pangaia will leverage the partnership to bring to market whatโ€™s said to be the first shirt made entirely from Infinited Fiber Companies proprietary ๐—œ๐—ก๐—™๐—œ๐—ก๐—ก๐—” fibre, which achieves 99% post-consumer recycled content certification. Infinna is created from cotton-rich textile waste that is broken down at the molecular level so that the cellulose in the cotton can be captured and be reborn as new fibers. Infinna is biodegradable and keeps biomass in circulation.

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In addition four other new material startups in Finland are:

1๏ธโƒฃ ๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—–๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ by Aalto University - a technology that turns used textiles, pulp or even old newspapers into new textile fibres sustainably and without harmful chemicals
2๏ธโƒฃ ๐—ž๐—จ๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—” by Metsรค Group - a concept that is based on paper-grade pulp instead of dissolving pulp
3๏ธโƒฃ ๐—•๐—œ๐—ข๐Ÿฎ Textile by Fortum - the raw material is cellulose made from fractionated straw
4๏ธโƒฃ ๐—•๐—œ๐—ข๐—–๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—Ÿ by VTT - the material can use textile waste in addition to dissolving pulp that is processed using enzymes 

 

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Susanna Koelblin

Commercialization & Sourcing Leader Focused On Circularity

From blockchain to recycling, Susanna talks about emerging technologies and circularity topics in the fashion industry.

   

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