The innovation in a nutshell
Conversion of waste-cotton into new textile.
More in detail
Cotton is one of our most loved textiles. But producing 1 kilo of cotton requires 10,000 litres of water. In recent years, production of this material has decreased while the demand has increased. Some studies predict demand will exceed supply by 20 million tons annually by 2030.
Finnish team Ioncell, based at Aalto University in Helsinki, developed a technology that turns used textiles, pulp – or even old newspapers – into new textile fibers. The process is sustainable and without harmful chemicals. The result are fibers that are even better than pure cotton fibers, the recycled fibers are strong, soft and shiny.
Team members: Ali Harlin, Michael Hummel, Ilkka Kilpeläinen, Pirjo Kääriäinen, Herbert Sixta and Marjaana Tanttu