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Re:newcell

Objective

To lead the way to a sustainable world by producing high quality products from recycled textiles.

Overview

re:newcell’s textile recycling technology transforms a high cellulosic portion fabric into high quality recycled dissolving pulp, branded as Circulose(R). The process does not require any environmentally harmful chemicals, and the re:newcell pulp can be fed into the commercial textile production chain. Commercially active in industrial scale since 2019. First product launched in retail in March 2020.

Producing Countries (2016/17 unless otherwise stated)

Sweden

Manufacturing Process

Chemical cellulosic recycling.

Manufacturing Location

Kristinehamn, Sweden

Fiber Production 2016/17 (MT)

TBD (pre-commercial)

Growth in production (2016/17 - 2017/18)

TBD (pre-commercial)

Market Share of Total Cotton Grown (2017/18)

TBD (pre-commercial)

Projected growth in production

4500 ton/year production pace in 2020. 60000 tons/year by 2025

Yield (see accompanying “TE Position” notes)

N/A

Rainfed/ Irrigated

N/A

Water Management

N/A

Soil Fertility

N/A

Biodiversity

N/A

GMOs Permitted?

Potential for GMOs to enter supply chains through feedstock as a result of over 80% conventional cotton being genetically modified.

Use of Hazardous Pesticides

N/A

Use of Synthetic Fertilizer

N/A

LCA available?

No

Water Consumption (m3/ 1000kg fiber*) or best practices used to conserve water

TBD (pre-commercial)

Primary Energy Demand MJ /1000 kg fiber *

TBD (pre-commercial)

Global Warming (kg of CO2-eq/ 1000kg fiber*)

TBD (pre-commercial)

Eutrophication (kg of phosphate-eq/ 1000 kg fiber *)

N/A

Social considerations / regulations

N/A

Verification / Certification (farm level)

N/A

Chain of Custody (supply chain)

re:newcell does not work with any chemicals on the TE, GOTS or REACH prohibited chemical list.

Product marketing/labeling

Circulose® (product brand)

Consumer recognition

Large B2B recognition and growing consumer awareness. First garments in store in March 2020.

Livelihoods

N/A

Product marketing/labeling

Circulose® (product brand)

Quality perception/ implications

Physical characteristics are equal or higher than fibers made from virgin material.
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