re:newcell AB – Unique process for recycling of cellulosic based textiles

The Swedish innovation company re:newcell has developed a patented process for recycling of cellulosic based textiles, such as cotton and viscose. The process will reduce transport distances, allow more land for food production and reduce waste

  • Crown Princess Victoria next to re:newcell dress

  • The Swedish innovation company re:newcell has developed a patented process for recycling of cellulosic based textiles

Operations

re: newcell 's process disintegrates the recycled cotton fibers down to cellulose molecule level and then the fibers are built up again to high-grade dissolving pulp. The dissolving pulp is then used in spinning mills and forms viscose and lyocell thread through two different techniques. The threads are then woven or knit to clothes or other textile products. The company is currently building the world’s first production line for textile pulp from recycled textiles in Kristinehamn, Värmland.

Market

  • The yearly textile consumption amounts to c. 90 million tons of which cotton represents c. 30% and wood-based cellulosic materials c. 7%
  • The majority of the textile material consists of petroleum based synthetic fibers, such as polyester, but due to today’s environmental awareness the retailers are aiming to decrease these type of textiles. Furthermore, cotton textiles have large advantages in experienced custumer quality
  • Population growth, improved standard of living, environmental focus and the large environmental impact of cotton in terms of arable land and water will increase the demand for wood-based cellulosic materials . This market is expected to grow by 9.5 % annually in the coming years. The raw material for this material is called dissolving pulp. re:newcell’s pulp is a perfect substitute and complement to dissolving pulp from wood-based cellulosic materials

Significant events during the year

  • The world's first production line for textile pulp from recycled textiles is expected to be operational during the year
  • New CEO Mattias Jonsson appointed
  • Chairman of the board, David Schelin, appointed in September
  • re:newcell secured additional SEK 8 million in financing from January