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Monday, October 28 2019 - 21:00
Sodra's Breakthrough Will Enable Large-scale Textile Recycling
VAXJO, Sweden, Oct. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- At present, no one in the world can recycle fibres from blended fabrics on a 
large scale. Sodra now has a unique solution that will enable circular flows in 
the fashion and textile industry.

"Only a negligible proportion of the global production of clothing and textiles 
is recycled today. Virtually everything is sent to landfill or incineration. 
But Swedish innovation and a willingness to help mitigate climate change can 
now influence the game at a global level," said Lars Idermark, President and 
CEO of Södra. 
One of the major obstacles to textile recycling is that the fabrics are often 
made from blended materials. Sodra's new technique can separate the cotton and 
polyester in polycotton blends, which are one of the most widely used textiles 
on the market. The pure cotton fibres are then added to our wood-derived 
textile pulp, which can then be used to make new textiles.

"We are now redrawing the map for the fashion and textile industry by offering 
circular flows of textile fibres. A sweater can now become a sweater again. 
This will create added value for our customers, and especially the fashion 
industry. It's a big day for us and an equally big day for the emerging 
circular bioeconomy," said Johannes Bogren, President of Södra Cell Bioproducts.

During the autumn, Sodra's pulp mill at Morrum produced pulp by adding 20 
tonnes of used textiles. At present, Sodra can only accept white textiles, but 
the aim is to also find a decolouring solution. The goal is also to investigate 
the possibility of extracting a stream of residual products from the polyester. 
Swedish laundry and textile service provider Berendsen delivered the test 
material used in the pilot project comprising end-of-life sheets, towels, 
tablecloths and bathrobes from hospitals and hotels.

"We will be able to accept viscose and lyocell in addition to polycotton 
blends. Due to the technological change in our processes, we will be needing 
large volumes of textiles. We are now seeking companies with high 
sustainability ambitions that would like to partner with us in the delivery of 
textiles," said Helena Claesson, Project Manager, Sodra.

Production will commence at a low rate of 30 tonnes this year, but the 
long-term target is to add 25,000 tonnes of textiles to the company's pulp 

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