End-of-life textile refinement plant to advance circular economy
"Collaboration with Spinverse during the project application phase was very smooth and for its part, helped us at LSJH to achieve this important milestone to accelerate the circular economy for post-consumer end-of-life textiles."
Marko Kokkonen, Service Planner, LSJH.
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Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto (LSJH) is building a full-scale, end-of-life textile refinement plant in Turku, Finland. When the plant is ready, Finland will be the first country in the world where post-consumer textiles are obtained nationwide for reuse and recycling.
The refinement plant, planned to be in operation by 2025, will process household end-of-life textiles that the local waste management companies have collected from their respective regions. LSJH is responsible for organising the collection within Southwest Finland as well as for coordinating and developing a national model of operation for the collection of post-consumer textiles. This will be done in collaboration with other municipality-owned waste management companies in Finland.
How we reached the goals
Specialised in innovation management and management consulting, Spinverse funding experts supported LSJH in preparing their successful funding application for Business Finland.
In the end-of-life textile refinement plant, post-consumer textiles are sorted in a partly automated processing line into different material types, some of which will be directed to be reused as such, while others will be mechanically processed into recycled fibre. The fibre can be used as raw material in new products, such as thread, various non-woven fabrics, insulation materials and fillings, acoustic boards, filter fabrics and composites.
The end-of-life textile refinement plant is estimated to employ approximately 100 people by 2025. Based on the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland’s calculations, the new domestic textile ecosystem is estimated to create as many as 17,000 new jobs in Finland.