Textiles are finally becoming part of the circular bioeconomy, and it's all possible thanks to the forest. After several years of development, Södra is ready to present OnceMore® by Södra, our new process for industrial-scale textile recycling. The process combines wood cellulose with textile waste to create a pure, high-quality dissolving pulp which can be used to produce new clothing and other textile products.
One of the biggest challenges in textile recycling is that fabrics rarely consist of pure cotton. In the OnceMore® process, we separate cotton and polyester from polycotton blends, one of the world’s most widely used textile types. The cellulose from the cotton fibres are then combined with cellulose from wood. The product is a high quality dissolving pulp that is used by the textile industry, just like our pulp for viscose and lyocell.
Our OnceMore® pulp is a high alpha cellulose pulp for textile applications. It combines an excellent processability with a high brightness, and it is equal to our dissolving pulp used for viscose and lyocell production when it comes to purity, quality and properties.
The difference is that OnceMore® pulp partly consists of recycled textiles. In other words, it’s a raw material that is both recycled and renewable at the same time.
Our goal and ambition for 2025 is to offer a pulp based on our wood material and 50% recycled textile material.
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