Lene Jul Östblom
In the future, you will wear jeans made of Swedish cellulose, workout clothes made of bioplastics, and tops made of recycled fabrics. Sweden is already leading the current development of eco-friendly and resource-efficient textiles, but the industry needs to improve by reducing the use of harmful chemicals, changing consumption patterns, reducing environmentally harmful transport, and transitioning to bio-based or recycled raw materials.
RISE reviews how textiles can be recycled and how the value chain can be streamlined by means of product labelling, for example. We are developing new materials and processes using either recycled or bio-based raw materials. We are therefore investing in equipment and expertise in microplastics, melt spinning, wet spinning, non-woven fabric, yarn spinning, depolymerisation, functionalisation, and other techniques. We have a fully-equipped lab for mechanical, physical, and chemical analyses of textile materials, and focus on chemical-related issues, including policy and legislation.