Södra to increase OnceMore® capacity tenfold
Production of OnceMore®, Södra’s pioneering new material for sustainable textiles, is set to increase tenfold.
Reflecting the growing interest in OnceMore® and a more sustainable fashion industry, we are investing at our Mörrum mill to increase production from 600 tpy to 6,000 tpy by June 2022, enough to make 24 million garments. The upgrade will also mean that we can increase the percentage of recycled textiles in OnceMore®. Our ground-breaking new material is a blend of cellulose and currently up to 20 percent recycled cotton.
Catrin Gustavsson, President of Södra Innovation, is delighted with the project’s progress to date. “We have successfully delivered a recycled textile content of 20 percent in OnceMore®, but we are keen to reach our target of 50 percent recycled content and to process 25,000 tpy of textile waste by 2025. This investment is the next step in that direction.”
Södra is working with several suppliers in Europe to increase its supply of waste textiles, but Gustavsson stresses the importance of further cooperation if OnceMore® is to make a real impact. “We are already working with commercial laundries, for example, but we need more. The response to OnceMore® has been so positive from the brands and textile fibre buyers and everyone would like to see a more circular business model for the textile and fashion industry, but this is a long value chain. We are providing a sustainable, circular starting point with OnceMore® as a raw material, but there is much to be done further along the supply chain to scale up.
“The collection and sorting of used textiles must become everyone’s responsibility. The mandated collection of used textiles and garments in the EU from 2025 will help, as would better labelling of garments to help consumers make more sustainable choices in the future.