Nouryon, Renewcell partner develop sustainable textile recycling plant

Nouryon, Renewcell partner to develop sustainable textile recycling plant

10:32 AM, 4th May 2021
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Nouryon and Renewcell agree to develop textile recycling plant in Sundsvall, Sweden. The facility will recycle textile waste such as worn-out jeans and production scraps, to manufacture 60,000 metric tons of CirculoseĀ® dissolving pulp per year.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: Nouryon said it signed an agreement with Renewcell to provide specialty chemicals and engineering solutions for its new textile recycling plant in Sundsvall, Sweden. According to the company, this first of its kind facility in the world will recycle textile waste such as worn-out jeans and production scraps, to manufacture 60,000 metric tons of Circulose® dissolving pulp per year. Operations on the facility are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2022.

The facility could potentially save hundreds of millions of garments from landfill and incineration each year, contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gas emission from the textile industry.

“Nouryon is thrilled to support novel solutions such as this one, which accelerate the growth of the renewable fibers industry, leverage our essential chemistry and specialty solutions, and underpin our commitment to a sustainable future,” said Antonio Carlos Francisco, vice president, renewable fibers at Nouryon.

New sustainable textile fibers, such as Circulose®, are a substitute for cotton and non-biodegradable fibers such as polyester. The use of recycled materials in textile manufacturing is expected to play a critical role in reducing the impact of the textile industry on water, land and other natural resources.


“Our mission is to change the global fashion industry. Nouryon is a reliable and well-respected solutions provider to the regenerated fiber industry so we are pleased to partner with them as we embark on this ambitious journey. Nouryon’s experience with innovative, sustainable solutions will play a significant role in the long-term success of our mission,” said Patrik Lundström, CEO of Renewcell.

“The positive environmental impact of the textile industry’s new sustainable fibers and its potential growth are goals that Nouryon strongly supports,” said Johan Landfors, president, technology solutions at Nouryon.

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