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LENZNG – Austrian speciality fibre company Lenzing and Swedish textile recycler Renewcell have signed a five-year recycled feedstock supply deal. The agreement will see 80,000 to 100,000 tonnes of Renewcell’s recycled textile Circulose dissolving pulp supplied to Lenzing for use in the production of cellulosic fibres for fashion and other textile applications.

Circulose originates 100 per cent from cellulosic textile waste, such as old jeans and production scraps, and recycles this into dissolving pulp. It transforms textile waste and production scrap into new high-quality textile products.

The partnership will enable Lenzing to further increase the production of Tencel and Ecovero branded specialty fibres which use recycled content.

Previously, Renewcell signed a deal with viscose manufacturer Sateri for technical cooperation and trials on the production of viscose using recycled cotton, with the aim of industrial scale production by 2025. 

“The textile industry must change. By signing the agreement with Swedish textile-to-textile recycling company Renewcell, Lenzing is able to further integrate recycling and accelerate the transition of the textile industry from linear to circular. As champions of sustainability, we know that moving towards a circular economy is vital to address the enormous textile waste challenges of the industry,” said Christian Skilich, chief pulp officer of the Lenzing Group.

“Lenzing is a major player in our industry, with an inspiring track record of path-breaking technical excellence and sustainability leadership. Our new partnership 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,” added Patrik Lundström, CEO of Renewcell, on the agreement.

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