News: H&M, IKEA and Stora Enso backed TreeToTextile builds sustainable fibre demo plant.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A company belonging to the Finnish forest group Stora Enso, the Swedish company H & M and IKEA announced on Tuesday that after years of research, a demonstration plant for a new, more sustainable textile fiber based on wood is to be built in Sweden.
In order to significantly reduce their footprint and pollution, major clothing and furniture brands urgently need affordable, greener products alternatives to cotton, traditional viscose and polyester. Several Nordic pulp manufacturers are part of projects here developing new clean ways to turn trees into textile fibers.
TreeToTextile said in a statement that its facility has a production capacity of 1,500 tons and its owners would fund the majority of the € 35 million ($ 42.6 million) investment.
“The novel process is deliberately designed for a low energy requirement and a low chemical requirement. It is designed for large-scale production and includes a recovery system for the reuse of chemicals, ”it says.
“We are finally on our way with the investment in a demonstration system. We are thus turning years of R&D into reality in order to increase the bio-based share of the textile market and to support climate protection measures. “
TreeToTextile, the fourth partner of which is innovator Lars Stigsson, said the plant will be located in Stora Enso’s Swedish Nymolla mill and will begin construction in the near future.
Viscose is the main existing textile fiber made from cellulose – followed by the newer Lyocell with a cleaner manufacturing method. Production is dominated by Austria’s Lenzing, India’s Aditya Birla and China’s Sateri.
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Reporting by Anna Ringstrom; Adaptation by Angus MacSwan
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