Evrnu is a US textile innovations company focused on creating a circular ecosystem. Its technologies are used to create high-technology engineered fibers made from discarded clothing.
Among products developed by this textile specialist there are regenerative cellulosics, next generation regenerative cellulosic solvent system, regenerative polyester, recoverable stretch and bioengineered fibers.
Stacy Flynn, CEO and co-founder, Evrnu, explained what's behind NuCycl, and what's next for it.
Evrnu is an advanced materials' innovation company focused on developing technologies for the textile industry that solve the most pressing problems facing our environment, starting with waste.
Our first technology, NuCycl, creates pristine new regenerative lyocell fibers from textile waste, providing both performance and environmental advantages compared to virgin fiber. Products made with NuCycl fibers are "made to be remade" and can be recycled and transformed into new fiber and fabric over and over again.
Could this new fiber also help establish a new business model?
Our goal is to greatly reduce the 50 million tons of textile waste which goes to landfill or is incinerated each year, resulting in a loss of the raw material resources that went into the creation of those textiles from the use of water, electricity and oil, as well as producing GHG emissions and the synthetic waste entering our oceans.
Our solution is the invention of a regenerative lyocell fiber made from textile waste which can greatly reduce the natural resource extraction from the creation of virgin fiber, as well as to work with our brand partners on the development of garments which are designed for disassembly, and take-back mechanisms to create a truly circular model where old well-loved textile items become the continuous input feedstock to regenerate new fiber from old textiles.
NuCycl is a regenerative lyocell fiber that works as a substitute for virgin cellulosic, cotton and plastic-based materials, accounting for 90% of current textile fibers. NuCycl is made from either 100% textile waste or 31% textile waste and 69% FSC certified wood pulp, in a closed-loop system which recovers and reuses the solvents for minimal environmental impact.
NuCycl fiber can withstand 6-8 grams of force per denier, compared with conventional rayon at 2-3g and polyester at 3-5g. Further, NuCycl is made entirely from cotton textile waste that is recyclable up to 5 times into new fiber without any meaningful loss in quality.
Key fiber characteristics include high tenacity when compared with rayon, cotton or polyester, naturally soft next to skin, breathable, recyclable up to five times with no meaningful loss in quality, no plastic microfiber shedding, static resistance and excellent color fastness.
Evrnu's business model is based on securing revenue streams from multiple channels including licensing, royalties and project development fees.
What brands have already adopted NuCycl?
We have done one-off's and capsule collections with Adidas/Stella McCartney and Carlos Campos. A more steady stream of commercial launches with notable brands will begin late in the fourth quarter of 2022 and in the first quarter of 2023... We cannot disclose more names as we are under NDA.
Our big next steps include the completion of our flagship commercial recycling facility and scale-up expected by the beginning of 2023, and supply chain commercialization and retail market launches of our 31% and 100% fiber with notable worldwide suppliers, brands and retailers. Along with that we will continue developing our R&D priorities including regenerative polyester, recoverable stretch and blends.