Renewcell sells first batches of pulp made of textile waste

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29 May 2019 − 

New technology closes the loop in the textile industry, company says.

Swedish chemical textile recycling company Renewcell has sold its first batches of recycled dissolving pulp. The company reports that the pulp, which is made from postconsumer and postindustrial cotton waste without any virgin fibre added, was sent to a Chinese viscose producer. "As far as we're aware, this is the first delivery of its kind in the world. A true breakthrough for us and  for the fashion industry as a whole," said Mattias Jonsson, CEO of Renewcell.

The Swedish company has developed a technology to recycle cotton and cellulosic textile waste and source them back to the textile industry. The vast majority of worn out clothes ended up in landfills or were incinerated due to the fact that cotton and viscose could not be recycled with satisfactory quality on a large enough scale, the company said. Thanks to this new recycling technology, "we have closed the loop", it added.

Renewcell operned its first plant in Kristinehamn, Sweden in 2017. It is a demo plant with a capacity of 7,000 tpy of pulp. Subsequent plants are planned to reach production capacity of up to 30,000 tpy, the company explains.

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