The project brings together the whole textile industry value chain from textile waste collection and processing to yarn, fabric and textile production. Adidas and H&M, two leading brands for clothing and apparel, will bring the circular textiles to the markets, making the project a remarkable step towards a more sustainable textile industry.
"The support we received from Spinverse in preparing our application for the EU grant was instrumental. Their consultation and insight helped us secure the funding that enabled this unique consortium to be formed," says Petri Alava, Co-founder and CEO of Infinited Fiber Company. The New Cotton project introduces a new technology that produces high-quality regenerated fibers from discarded textiles in an affordable and environmentally sustainable way. In addition to cotton waste, the patented process also digests mixed fibers and other cellulose-based feedstocks such as cardboard and agricultural waste, offering a remarkable technological advantage.
Massive amounts of textiles end up in landfills or are being burned, posing an extensive environmental risk and societal cost. Textile production is one of the most polluting industries at the rate of 1.2 billion tons of CO2 every year. At the same time, consumption of clothing is predicted to rise to 102 million tons by 2030 — an increase that equals to more than 500 billion T-shirts.
However, the existing fiber solutions cannot recycle the growing piles of discarded textiles. There is no feasible alternative on the market yet, that would be affordable, environmentally sustainable, and provide the required mechanical properties and functionality.
How we reached the goals
Spinverse supported in planning and preparation of the winning New Cotton project proposal. Spinverse experts also facilitated the setting up of the consortium and the activities for the project.
The cellulose carbamate technology patented by the Finnish Infinited Fiber Company enables textile waste to be turned into cost-efficient, cotton-like fiber with superior qualities.