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Innovations in cellulosic fibres derived from recycled textile waste and clothing waste

December 2020 | 31 pages | ID: I3FAD0043FD6EN
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Brands and retailers are under immense pressure to provide textile and apparel products which are environmentally sustainable. At the same time, there is an urgent need to reduce the amount of waste generated by the global fashion industry—which is estimated at 92 mn tons per annum. These key challenges could be addressed by making cellulosic fibres from materials derived from textile waste. These fibres are biodegradable and are therefore considered to be more environmentally sustainable than synthetic fibres. Also, textiles and clothing made from these fibres can themselves be used as feedstocks in recycling processes at the ends of their useful lives, thereby contributing towards the development of a circular economy. Some start-up companies have been quick to recognise the huge commercial potential for cellulosic fibres derived from textile waste and made rapid progress in developing innovative technologies in this area. Other companies have developed ways of making unique cellulosic fibres from materials recovered from textile waste. This report highlights the potential for commercialising cellulosic fibres derived from textile waste, and includes profiles of six start-up companies innovating in this sector, namely Circ, Evrnu, Infinited Fiber Company, Renewcell, Spinnova and Worn Again Technologies. Also, it describes a number of projects supporting the development of cellulosic fibres derived from post-consumer waste and provides an outlook for the future.
SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

The case for using cellulosic fibres derived from textile waste
The potential for commercialising cellulosic fibres derived from textile waste
Consumption and production of cellulosic fibres
Leading manufacturers of cellulosic fibres
Companies manufacturing cellulosic fibres derived from textile waste
New companies and their innovations

COMPANIES RECOVERING MATERIALS FROM TEXTILE WASTE

FOR USE IN THE MANUFACTURE OF CELLULOSIC FIBRES

Circ (Tyton BioSciences)
Investments and partnerships
Evrnu
NuCycl
Partnerships
Funding
Renewcell
Brands utilising Circulose fibres
Manufacturing facilities
Partnerships
Worn Again Technologies
Investors and pioneer members
Grants and facilities
Fibersort Consortium

START-UP COMPANIES MAKING CELLULOSIC FIBRES FROM

MATERIALS RECOVERED FROM TEXTILE WASTE

Infinited Fiber Company
Fibre manufacturing process
Partnerships
Spinnova
Fibre production technology
Partnerships

PROJECTS SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF CELLULOSIC

FIBRES DERIVED FROM POST-CONSUMER WASTE

Full Circle Textiles Project: Scaling Innovations in Cellulosic Recycling
The New Cotton Project

OUTLOOK

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1: Cellulosic fibre production by type, 2019

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1 : Dress incorporating fibres made from Circulose
Figure 2: Levi Strauss & Co jeans incorporating fibres made from Circulose
Figure 3: Garments made from Infinited Fiber Company’s cellulose carbamate fibre
Figure 4: Spinnova’s filament fibre


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