The Lenzing Group, a global supplier of sustainably produced specialty fibers, and Renewcell, the Swedish textile-to-textile recycling company, have signed a multi-year supply agreement with the aim to accelerate the transition of the textile industry from a linear to a circular business model.



The agreement consists in the sale of 80,000 to 100,000 tons of Renewcell’s 100% recycled textile Circulose dissolving pulp to Lenzing over a five-year period, for the use in the production of cellulosic fibers for fashion and other textile applications.

Sheet of Circulose
Photo: Renewcell
Sheet of Circulose
“The textile industry must change. By signing this agreement with Swedish textile-to-textile recycling company Renewcell, Lenzing can further integrate recycling and accelerate the transition of the textile industry from linear to circular," said Christian Skilich, chief pulp officer, Lenzing Group.



 

“Our new partnership with Lenzing fits perfectly into Renewcell’s strategy to accelerate the scale-up of circular materials by collaborating with fashion’s most important players. We are more than pleased to join forces with Lenzing with the shared goal of making fashion circular,” said Patrik Lundström, CEO, Renewcell.



Canopy, a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species, and climate, welcomed the agreement, too.



“Accelerating the transition to low-impact, circular production is the challenge of the decade for the fashion industry. That is why this partnership between Renewcell and Lenzing is so refreshing – it will bring low-carbon Next Gen solutions to market at scale,” exclaimed Nicole Rycroft, executive director, Canopy.





With its Refibra and Eco Cycle technologies, Lenzing offers solutions towards a circular economy. Among its future aims in terms of circularity, it has set the goal to offer its Tencel and Lenzing Ecovero branded specialty textile fibers with up to 50% post-consumer recycled content on a commercial scale by 2025. To reach this goal, Lenzing partners with recycling expert companies like Renewcell.

Worn out clothes at Renewcell
Photo: Alexander Donka
Worn out clothes at Renewcell
Circulose originates 100% from textile waste, like old jeans and production scraps, and turns into dissolving pulp. It transforms textile waste and production scrap into new high-quality textile products.





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