LIFE TREATS is a joint project by Södra, a Swedish world-class producer of pulp, and Lenzing, a leading global supplier of specialty fibers based on cellulosic and recycling material, aiming to demonstrate an innovative industrial-scale system for chemical recycling of blended textile waste. Södra and Lenzing have been working together on textile recycling since 2021, making a crucial contribution to the promotion of circularity in the fashion industry.
Under the banner LIFE TREATS (Textile Recycling in Europe AT Scale)1, both companies are pooling their decades-long experience, knowledge and technology to develop the OnceMore® process in this project, which is co-funded by the EU. The aim of LIFE TREATS is to reach an annual processing capacity of 50,000 tons of textile waste by 2027.
Besides the joint process development, the project includes a scaling up of the OnceMore® process at Södra’s mill at Mörrum, Sweden. The plant will combine 50 % recycled content and 50 % renewable pulp from sustainable family forestry in Sweden and will be capable of processing 50,000 tons per year of blended post-consumer textile waste, meaning different colors and materials, to produce 60,000 tons per year of dissolving pulp. Lenzing makes a decisive contribution here, especially with its know-how in the field of recycling.
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