The agreement involves the transfer of knowledge between the two companies, and joint process development followed by a capacity expansion at our Mörrum mill for our OnceMore® pulp. The goal is to process 25,000 tpy of textile waste by 2025.
Together we can give textile recycling a huge boost by developing technologies further towards a broader, industrial-scale use of post-consumer cellulosic waste. OnceMore® pulp, which uses Södra’s world-first technology to recycle blended textiles and combine with dissolving pulp, will also be used as a raw material for Lenzing’s Tencel™ x Refibra™ branded specialty fibres.
“Our partnership with Lenzing is an exciting and significant step,” commented Johannes Bogren, Vice President Södra Cell Bioproducts. “I am convinced that by pooling our extensive expertise across the textile value chain, we can make a real difference for a more sustainable fashion industry. Feedback on OnceMore® has been so positive, there is clearly growing demand for more sustainable raw materials for textiles. By combining our knowledge and resources, we hope to accelerate progress towards our common goal of a more circular supply chain, to the benefit of all our customers.
“From our side, to ensure we can grow the production of this unique, patented process, and to meet the goal of processing 25,000 tpy of textile waste, we’re investing in new equipment at Mörrum, which will start up in the first half of 2022. Our capacity of OnceMore® pulp will increase ten-fold as a result, to 6,000 tpy. We recognise volumes are still small compared to the world’s consumption of textiles, but our progress to date has been rapid and our ambitions are high, so watch this space.”