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Regenerated fibers from textile waste and virgin wood pulp

The consumption of textiles worldwide is extensive and continues to grow with increasing population, urbanization, and economic growth. The textile industry encompasses the manufacturing of clothing, household textiles, technical textiles, and much more, making it one of the largest industrial sectors globally.

However, global textile consumption has also resulted in negative environmental and societal effects. The production of textiles requires large amounts of water, energy, and chemicals. Additionally, increased consumption leading to increased waste management contributes to climate change.

To address these challenges, there has been an increased focus on sustainability within the textile industry. Many companies are working to reduce their environmental impact by using more sustainable materials, reducing water and energy consumption, and improving waste management and recycling. Initiatives such as circular economy have also begun to gain traction to reduce overconsumption and promote more sustainable textile consumption.

MoRe Research, subsidiary of RISE, together with Renewcell, Domsjö Fabriker, and Mid Sweden University, has a project focusing on textile fiber recycling. It consists of four parts:

  1. Characterization of textile waste pulp for viscose processing. 
  2. Accessibility of recycled cotton fibers. 
  3. Impact of synthetic fibers in the viscose process.
  4. Blending of recycled textile waste and wood pulp.

Summary

Project name

Regenerated fibers from textile waste

Status

Active

Region

Region Västernorrland

RISE role in project

Coordinator

Project start

Duration

2 years

Partner

Domsjö Fabriker, Mid Sweden University, Renewcell

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

6. Clean water and sanitation
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
15. Life on land
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