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Here’s the latest news from and about re:newcell. You can find images in the Gallery section. If you are a journalist and want to reach us, please mail info@renewcell.com.

Nov 28. 2017

Ellen MacArthur Foundation publishes A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion's future 

Ellen MacArthur Foundation released its first report on the fashion industry today. The report is written in collaboration with many stakeholders across the industry, including H&M, Stella McCartney, Nike and Lenzing. It includes new research by McKinsey on the current state of the textiles economy, and describes a vision for a circular future.
We are happy to note that re:newcell is highlighted in the report as a company that is radically improving recycling technology. Our scalable solution upcycles textile waste into new biodegradable fibers with equal or improved properties compared to virgin fibers, helping to make the circular textiles economy a reality. 

Read more about the Circular Fibres Initiative and dowload the report here

Oct 25. 2017

New LCA study compares 10 fibre sources 

SCS Global has on behalf of Stella McCartney performed a research study on the impact of textile fibers. The study points out that re:newcell’s solution stands out as having the best net effect for global climate change.

Read the LCA analysis here

Oct 20. 2017

Recent press covering H&M group investment in re:newcell

We’re happy to share that press outlets all over the world have picked up our recent announcement with H&M group to help us spread the word on how to make fashion more sustainable. Read the articles below to learn more about our innovation.

Affärsvärlden
Fashion Network
Fashion Magazine
Fashion United
Fibre2Fashion
HM Sustainability Update
Habit
ISPO
Just style
Modaes
Sourcing Journal
Sport Textiles
The Retail Bulletin

Oct 10. 2017

re:newcell takes another step in making fashion sustainable

As part of making the fashion industry more sustainable, H&M group invests in the Swedish company re:newcell as a minority shareholder. It is an important investment in re:newcell’s technology, an innovation with the potential to benefit the fashion industry as a whole.

"I am proud that H&M group sees the advantages of our innovation," says Mattias Jonsson, CEO of re:newcell. "Together we can contribute to changing the way fashion is produced and recycled."

re:newcell provides a sustainable alternative to producing clothes from virgin materials. re:newcell’s technology upcycles used garments with high cellulosic content – such as cotton, lyocell and viscose – into a new, biodegradable material, re:newcell pulp. It can be turned into textile fiber and fed into the textile production cycle. 

"This is the link that has been missing from the production cycle. re:newcell has closed the loop," says Mattias Jonsson. "The way fashion is produced and consumed can hopefully be transformed into a never-ending loop in the future."

At their plant in Kristinehamn, Sweden, re:newcell uses both used clothes and residues from textile production, which decreases the amount of textiles ending up in landfills or as insulation. The plant has a closed loop production system for chemicals and water and uses renewable energy. The current production capacity is 7,000 tons of pulp per year and additional units are in the planning stage.

Contact re:newcell: Mattias Jonsson

May 26. 2017

New methods for recycling textiles are now being developed.

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May 12. 2017

Technology that can dissolve old jeans to give them new life is an environmental progress.

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Apr 23. 2017

World-wide factory ready in Kristinehamn.

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Jan 16. 2017

re:newcell mentioned as #1 Top 10 Sustainability Moments in 2016 by the Sourcing Journal

re:newcell is happy to report that the company was nominated as number 1 on the Top 10 Sustainability Moments in 2016 by the Sourcing Journal. The moment that the Sourcing Journal is referring to is when the company was granted $5M Investment for the First Circular Garment Facility and therefore making entirely circular garments a reality for the fashion industry. Other companies on the list include H&M, CanopyStyle, Textile Exchange and more. Click here

Sep 23. 2016

Fouriertransform and Girincubator invests in Circular textile company re:newcell

Fouriertransform, the Swedish government owned investment company, together with the private investor Girincubator, today announce a SEK 48 million investment in the Swedish innovation company re:newcell. The investment is used to build the world’s first production line for textile pulp from recycled textiles. Thus making 100% Circular garments a reality.

With new consumption patterns and an evolving middle class, especially in Asia, the increasing production of textiles is one of the largest global environmental challenges. With the increasing shortage of cotton on the market, oil-based textiles, such as polyester, are filling the gap of demand. Such oil-based synthetic fibres emit large amounts of greenhouse gases and are not bio-degradable. Therefore, it is important to recycle the existing resources to decrease the textile industry’s environmental impact.

Today, only a small portion of textiles are re-used and an even smaller portion recycled. If 1kg of clothing were to be reused instead of produced from virgin sources, it would save 3,6kg carbon dioxide, 6000 litres of water and 0,3 kg of fertilising chemicals and 0,2kg of insecticides.

Through re:newcell’s patented process, the environmental impact from the textile industry can be drastically reduced by recycling cellulosic based textiles, such as cotton and viscose. This will also reduce transport distances, allow more land for food production and reduce waste.

The SEK 48 million investment from the government-owned Fouriertransform and private owned Girincubator, is now used to build the world’s first production line for textile pulp from recycled textiles in Kristinehamn, Värmland.

”re:newcell is fully in line with Fouriertransform’s strategy to invest in world-class manufacturing industry with high innovation and opportunity for global growth. The technology represents a potentially important future circular solution to responsibly manage the challenge to meet the growing world demand for cotton textiles, which is a limited resource for the fashion and textile industry." says Per Aniansson, Investment Director Fouriertransform.

"The goal with re:newcell is to be part of creating a modern textile industry with resource- efficient processes and materials. It is with great pleasure that we take the next step in its development, with a first production line and a very strong ownership." says Malcolm Norlin, co-founder of re:newcell and Chairman of Girincubator.

The technology originates from research and development by Prof. Mikael Lindström, Prof. Gunnar Henriksson and Dr. Christofer Lindgren, of KTH in Stockholm.

For further information
Per Nordberg, CEO, Fouriertransform AB, +46 8 410 40 601

Per Aniansson, Investment Director, Fouriertransform, +46 708 66 04 29
Henrik Norlin, Girincubator and Director of the Board with re:newcell AB, +46 739 89 88 95

Fouriertransform is a state-funded venture-capital company that, on commercial grounds, supports innovative companies and entrepreneurs that can contribute to vitalising the Swedish manufacturing industry. The company has an investment framework of SEK 3 billion and in addition to providing capital, also provides well-qualified employees and a network of experts. www.fouriertransform.se

Girincubator AB is a family owned investment company focusing on innovative companies with significant global potential within sustainable businesses, typically based on cellulose. The team has a long and successful track record in developing such products, solutions and companies for the world market. Girincubator is based in Stockholm.

re:newcell AB is a Swedish innovation company within sustainable textile recycling. The main focus is recycling of cotton and other cellulose-based materials. The company is now building the world's first production line for textile pulp from recycled textiles in Kristinehamn. Globally, there are about 29 million tons of cellulose-based fibre to recycle globally every year. re:newcell’s ambition is to bring such fibre to the value chain so as to create a circular fashion and textile industry.

Jul 5. 2016

re:newcell on the catwalk during Berlin Fashion Week

This article is written by Moa Nilsson at Smart Textiles.

Textiles back to Textile points the way towards a circularity in textiles at the Berlin Fashion Week.

The project, in which technology, recycling and production are combined, is called ‘Textiles back to textile’ and is an important step on the path towards a circular economy in textiles, from waste recovery to new products. In 2014, the world’s first garment made of recycled cotton was knitted – a unique breakthrough that showed that it is possible to create a cycle of textile fibres using completely new techniques. Now, the next generation of these textiles has been developed – a material mix of recycled cotton and cellulose from Swedish forests, which means that, as Swedes, we are now able to talk about ‘locally grown’ textiles.

The German designer Ina Budde, founder of "Design for circularity“ a sustainable Design Consultancy creating circular products and systems such as the "The Extended Closed Loop Platform", has, with support from Textile back to Textiles, produced the completely recyclable collection “Curated circularity - designed for Infinity” for the German sustainable fashion brand Jan‘n June. As winner of the first Lavera Green Fashion Award, Ina was invited to showcase the collection at the Berlin Fashion Week, The Ethical Fashion Show, on June 28.

The technique for recycling cotton chemically is developed by the company re:newcell at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Greenhouse Labs. With this unique breakthrough, Sweden is given a fantastic opportunity to participate in a new and growing textile market with new companies and sustainable, environmentally friendly services and products. Within Textile back to Textiles, prototypes are being developed that are matching the textile industries demands for environmentally friendly, functional and viable textile materials adapted to our time. This is something that Ina's collection demonstrates.

In Berlin there is plenty of interest in circular economy in fashion. By showcasing the collection at The Ethical Fashion Show Berlin, Ina wanted to show what’s already possible in the textile recycling. She is firmly determined that a chemical recycling of cellulose fiber has a central point for the industry.

“The chemical recycling of cellulosic fibres has a key relevance for a circular textile industry because it brings cotton recycling to the next quality level. It is an honor that I can present this future leading solution to the public and bring it to life by integrating it into my circular collection“, Ina Budde says.

Ina is convinced that the future of design will be circular and that fashion is a key driver for this system change. She creates elaborate products that have meaning, a long and effective life and endless value. For her, it is a matter of course that the designer has a responsibility for the products life cycle already at the design phase.

The collection is more than the look, it is more than the fabrics - the collection stands for a paradigm shift towards a circular future. Sustainability is not restrictive, for me it is rather a driver for innovation to explore recyclable monomaterial design techniques and patterns for multi-functionality”, she explains.

The collection Ina has developed is an addition to other prototypes developed within the project Textiles back to Textile. The project is a collaboration between: Smart Textiles, Wargön Innovation/Innovatum, re:newcell, Svenskt Konstsilke, Lindex, Nudie Jeans, Klättermusen, IL Recycling, Ragn-Sells, Röda Korset, Högskolan Väst, Innventia, Vänersborgs kommun and Akademiska Hus. The project are finansed by VINNOVA and Västra Götalandsregionen.

Read more about Textiles back to Textiles: Click here

Read more about Ina Budde and Design For Circularity: Click here

Credits
Design: Design for Circularity by Ina Budde
Photo: re:newcell
Models: Feana Groeneveld, Stephanie Schubert
Hair & Make up: Sebastian Krenzin
Collection Title: DFC X JNJ  'Curated Circularity - designed for infinity‘

Apr 18. 2016

Sustainable fashion industry becomes a reality in Sweden

re:newcell announces today that it has started the construction of its demonstration plant, where a completely new way of recycling cotton will revolutionize the fashion industry. With the company's newly developed technology, old textiles such as jeans or t-shirts, can be converted into new textile pulp. Such re:newcell pulp is then used to produce new clothes. The factory is located inside the AkzoNobel facility in Kristinehamn, Sweden, and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2017.

re:newcell AB has, in its Stockholm lab, developed a technology that makes it possible to take waste from the textile industry and from it produce new pulp. Such pulp is called dissolving pulp, and is today made from trees (for example, Lenzing, Södra or AdityaBirla). Dissolving pulp is mainly used to manufacture textile fibre materials such as Viscose or Lyocell. Until today it has not been possible to make new high quality textiles from recycled fabric.

The global textile demand is currently some 90 million tons per year. Natural materials (such as cotton and viscose) represent only about one-third. The remaining fibres are mainly oil-based materials such as polyester, elastane and nylon. Being able to increase the amount of natural materials by extending the life of already available resources is a top priority both among consumers and among the big fashion companies. Until now, it has not been possible to recycle cotton into the quality that fashion industry demands, but with re:newcell pulp this becomes possible.

The technology development has been ongoing since 2012 and now the process has matured to such a degree that the company is investing EUR 8 million to build an initial production line. The construction takes place inside the AkzoNobel facility in Kristinehamn, Sweden, some two hours from Stockholm.

The company's chairman Malcolm Norlin says: "We are very pleased to now be able to move forward and contribute to realizing the dream of a sustainable textile industry. Kristinehamn is located in the Paper Province in Värmland and gives us access to great skills when it comes to resource-efficient mass production. We consider it very positive that we can operate from a first-class facility such as AkzoNobel’s in Kristinehamn."

For further questions, please contact Henrik Norlin: henrik@girindus.se

Jan 20. 2016

“Framtidens tyg är svenskt, smart och snällt” by Veckans Affärer

Carl-Axel Fall writes in the renowned Swedish magazine Veckans Affärer that as the global population continues to grow there will be an increased demand on textiles. There is today a necessity in increasing a circular textile production where you recycle textiles and sustainable textiles are produced.

re:newcell is in this article highlighted as one of the forerunners within the field of providing a circular production in Sweden.

Full article, in Swedish: Click here

Nov 19. 2015

“re:newcell is ready to scale its fabric-upcycling process” by Sourcing Journal

re:newcell is once again mentioned in an article in Sourcing Journal. This time the article focuses on the fact that re:newcell is ready to upscale its production and will have need of textile wastes to be recycled.

The article is based on a speech that Henrik Norlin made in New York on the 12th of November at the Cradle to Cradle's Fashio Positive event. Read more about how far re:newcell has come in its steps towards commercialization: Click here

Nov 05. 2015

re:newcell implements an ancient forest friendly sourcing policy

re:newcell is happy to announce that the company has implemented a business policy for protecting ancient and endangered forests. By providing an alternative recycled raw material to the dissolving pulp industry, re:newcell will reduce the demand for wood fiber and thereby help protect intact forests and the animals that live there. The policy has been produced in cooperation with Canopy, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to protecting the world’s forests, species and climate.

Read the Policy: Click here

Oct 27. 2015

“Could high tech fabrics transform fashion’s impact on climate change?” by the Huffington Post

Earlier this month, the Huffington Post UK released an interesting article concerning the amount of textiles consumed today, the amount of resources used to produce this amount of textiles and what is being done to decrease the amount of waste. For instance, the author mentioned that the global apparel industry will during the year 2015 produce more than 400 billion square meters of textile, equivalent to covering the UK two times over. She also mentioned that Americans throw away approximately 10.5 million tons of clothing per year.

re:newcell's technology is in this article presented as one of the technologies that could decrease the amount of textile waste that the world produces.

Full article: Click here

Oct 23. 2015

“Are closed loop textiles the future of fashion?” by Sourcing Journal

Lyndsay McGregor has written an article for Sourcing Journal where she highlights the importance of a sustainable fashion industry. She raises issues such as a need for change within the textile supply chain and to close the loop on textiles as textile production requires a large amount of natural resources and the demand for textile is continuously increasing. Several textile industry businesses were interviewed in the article, such as H&M, Worn Again and re:newcell, each giving their point of view on how to make the textile industry more sustainable.

Full article: Click here

Sep 16. 2015

“Fashion chain H&M offers $1m recycling prize for reusable clothing” by The Guardian

The Guardian wrote an interesting article concerning H&M's search of new alternative sustainable fibers. The article also highlights the issue of future fibre shortage as the global population continues to grow. re:newcell is mentioned in the article as a part of the solution of future fibre shortage.

Full article: Click here

Aug 31. 2015

“Rensa, röja och slänga bort” by P1

re:newcell participated on the Swedish radio station P1's program "Stil". The program discussed the nature of consumers' textile behaviour. re:newcell contributed to the discussion by highlighting the importance of designing textiles to be efficiently recycled and the question: Who is responsible for managing textile waste?

Listen to the program, in Swedish: Click here

Dec 02. 2014

re:newcell – An interesting documentary about textiles

Watch documentary: Click here

Sep 10. 2014

re:newcell – The Guardian

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Aug 21. 2014

re:newcell selected as a LAUNCH Nordic innovators 2014

We are proud to announce that re:newcell has been selected as one of the top 9 LAUNCH Nordic innovators and will receive support from IKEA, Novozymes, Kvadrat, leading scientists, investors and Nordic government representatives on scaling re:newcell business globally.
 
LAUNCH Nordic, following a public call for innovations, has selected re:newcell as one of the LAUNCH Nordic Innovators 2014. The challenge, which was open from March 14 through June 1st, resulted in 65 applications from more than 20 countries covering five continents. A panel of subject matter experts carefully reviewed all applications, and nine top innovators were selected to participate the LAUNCH Nordic Forum in Malmö, Sweden. “This is a recognition of the potential of re:newcell’s patentened technology and we are thrilled to be picked as one of the most promising innovations around”. Henrik Norlin, Business Developer at re:newcell.
 
LAUNCH Nordic Council participants include: Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA, Ed Thomas, GM Sustainable Product, Research & Discovery, NIKE, Anders Byriel, CEO Kvadrat, Eva Gramby, Special Envoy, 3GF/Ministry of Foreign affairs - together with more than 25 other industry representative, entrepreneurs, scientist and investors. They will provide access to capital, credibility and capacity to help the nine innovators scale globally.
 
LAUNCH Nordic is a global innovation platform by: IKEA, Novozymes, Kvadrat, 3GF, Danish Ministry of the Environment & The Fund for Green Business Development, the City of Copenhagen and Vinnova. LAUNCH Nordic was created in collaboration with LAUNCH, a strategic partnership between NASA, NIKE, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) & The U.S. Department of State.

For more information on LAUNCH Nordic and other innovators: Click here

Aug 18. 2014

re:newcell – Ingenjören magazine

Full article (pages 30-45): Click here

Jun 26. 2014

re:newcell – First garment produced

re:newcell proudly announces that the first garment of fibers recycled through the re:newcell process has been developed. The garment is a breakthrough for textile recycling and will be shown during the Almedal Week in July 2014.

With this, the company demonstrates that the technology works well and can be used to produce high quality comfortable clothing. The dress, made of recycled blue jeans, has been developed through a collaboration between re:newcell, KTH, Svenskt Konstsilke AB, Textilhögskolan i Borås and Wargön Innovation.

Full article: Click here

Listen to the program, in Swedish: Click here

Sep 06. 2013

re:newcell

Vänersborg municipality and Wargön Innovation renews the letter of intent regarding the establishment at Wargöns trading estate signed on May 31, 2012.

Oct 21. 2012

re:newcell gets noticed on SVT

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Jun 18. 2012

re:newcell gets noticed in NyTeknik

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Jun 04. 2012

Bearing Consulting blogs about re:newcell

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May 31. 2012

re:newcell signs a letter of intent with the municipality of Vänersborg and Wargön Innovation on the establishment of a demonstration facility.

Press release in Swedish:

re:newcell etablerar sig på Wargöns industriområde

re:newcell AB har idag tecknat en avsiktsförklaring med Vänersborgs kommun och Innovatum om att etablera en demonstrationsanläggning på utvecklingsområdet Wargön där det tidigare bland annat har legat ett pappersbruk. Den nya anläggningen skall användas för att verifiera, vidareutveckla samt förevisa re:newcells patenterade teknik för återvinning av textilier. Byggnationen av demonstrationsanläggningen kommer att påbörjas under första kvartalet 2013. 
re:newcell är ett nybildat bolag som äger ny teknik som möjliggör tillverkning av återvunnen tråd från begagnade textilier. Tekniken innebär att en bred återvinning av kläder och hemtextil blir möjlig med återföring av fiber till nya kläder. Processen har utvecklats på Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan av Professor Gunnar Henriksson och Professor Mikael Lindström. Bolaget finansieras av Malcolm Norlin via Girincubator AB. I syfte att förfina tekniken inför en demonstrationsanläggning är re:newcell för närvarande baserat på Greenhouse Labs på Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan. 
re:newcell har valt att etablera sig på Wargön dels på grund av det goda logistiska läget, dels på grund av kommunens satsning på ett nytt innovationskluster som ger re:newcell en god utvecklingsmiljö. 
En större processanläggning som kan ta emot all insamlad textil i Skandinavien kommer att byggas när demonstrationsanläggningen har verifierat alla processteg.

For further questions, please contact Henrik Norlin: henrik@girindus.se