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STOCKHOLM – Recycling technology business Renewcell has signed a series of deals with European textile and clothing sorters to recycle thousands of tonnes of textiles annually. During December, Renewcell signed multi-year purchasing agreements with three different European textile sorters — SOEX in Germany, Texaid in Switzerland and Sysav in Sweden. These companies will supply thousands of tonnes of textile waste each year for recycling at Renewcell’s new facility in Sundsvall. The deliveries to Renewcell will consist of clothing and other textiles collected from consumers that are not possible to sell second-hand.

The textiles will be recycled to produce Circulose, a branded ‘dissolving pulp’ product made from 100 per cent discarded cotton textiles. Renewcell has already signed deals with several leading fashion brands, including H&M, to provide Circulose for use in their fashion collections.

Martin Stenfors, COO at Renewcell said: “We continue to build a strong regional supplier network for textile waste fractions that are suitable for recycling with us. We’re delighted to be able to offer our partners a profitable and circular alternative to downcycling, incineration or landfill of textile products that can not be sold second hand.”

According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), more than five million tonnes of textile waste are generated in Europe each year. About one-fifth of this is collected for some form of re-use, recycling for upholstery, insulation or rags or for export to other countries. The rest is lost in ordinary household waste and ends up either in landfill or incinerated. The issue of textile waste management is a priority within the EU, and from 2025 onwards, new mandatory requirements for separate collection and preparation for textile waste recycling will apply to all Member States.

Stenfors added: “With our patented recycling process, we make it possible to create new high-quality textile raw material made entirely from recycled textile waste for the very first time. We are proud to contribute to creating a circular economy for textiles within Europe together with SOEX, Texaid and Sysav. Our joint effort scale up textile recycling is crucial for the EU to achieve the goals set for 2025.”

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