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Infinited Fiber turns cotton rich textile waste into new fibers, infinitely

Infinited Fiber yarn

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Country: 
Finland
City: 
Tampere

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Project elaborated in partnership: 
Yes
Start/End date: 
09/2017
Ongoing: 
Yes

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Infinited Fiber - Petri Alava

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The core Infinited Fiber technology consists of three key processes: activation, dissolving and fractioning. With the technology cotton, viscose and other cellulose based materials can be turned back into new natural fibers. The fiber is equal to viscose.

Detailed properties of Infinited Fiber made from different cellulose based raw materials can be found in this product sheet, which describes the technology that can be applied in any existing pulp, dissolving pulp and viscose fiber plant.

Infinited Fiber technology enables viscose fiber manufacturers to improve their margins significantly and get rid Carbon disulfide CS2 – the most challenging, hazardous and un-ecological chemical in fashion industry value chain. In addition, polyester residues are removed from the cotton material using methods familiar from the pulp industry.

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By regenerating new virgin fibers, Infinited Fiber:

  • Reduces the usage of virgin natural materials.
  • Reduces the usage of endangered and ancient forests (30% of viscose comes from endangered and ancient forests).
  • Decreases textile waste thrown into landfill (70 million tones globally).
  • Taps into 4 million tons additional feasible collection potential forecasted by Europe's waste collection industry.

Infinited Fiber enables replacing cotton, which contributes to:

  • Reducing water usage (20.000 liters of water / 1 kg cotton).
  • Reducing pesticide usage (cotton producers apply 25% of all insecticides used globally).
  • Using arable land to grow food.
  • Avoiding use of Carbon Disulfide (CS2), one of the most envirnomentally and medically hazardous chemicals.
  • According to calculations during the technology's commercialisation project, the carbon footprint of recycled fibre produced using carbamate technology is about a third smaller than for cotton and in the same category and as the most environmentally friendly viscose.
  • The water footprint of the recycled fibre is around 2% of that of virgin cotton and 10% of viscose.