This news was released by Re:newcell and Tangshan Sanyou
Breakthrough of Unprecedented Innovation in the Viscose Sector
Tangcell™and Re:newcell’s cooperation leads to new viscose products made from 50% post-consumer recycled textiles
China & Sweden: June 27th 2019 – A milestone achievement has been reached for the use of recycled cotton in the viscose industry. Earlier this month, on World Environment Day, Tangshan Sanyou succeeded in producing viscose staple fiber made from 50% post-consumer recycled cotton textiles, supplied by Swedish company Re:newcell. The remaining 50% is made of FSC COC (Forest Stewardship Council chain of custody) wood pulp and audited by CanopyStyle.
This important milestone in the fashion industry’s transition to a circular economy is applauded by the environmental not-for-profit organization Canopy, which works collaboratively with 198 international apparel brands and retailers in search of such new innovative products. Canopy has collaborated with Tangshan Sanyou and Re:newcell for several years on sourcing solutions.
The president of Tangshan Sanyou Chemical Fibre Co.Ltd, Zheng Baishan expresses,” Sanyou Chemical Fiber has been committed to providing sustainable fiber for textile industry chain with innovative technology. This cooperation with Re:newcell is a remarkable breakthrough in textile recycling field. Next, we will continue to provide more non-wood fiber solutions for brands.”
Each year, 20 million tons of cotton textiles and 6.5 million tons of viscose textiles are consumed worldwide and converted into garments, beddings and personal care items such as wipes. The recycling process for cotton and its introduction into viscose fabric on an industrial scale is a new innovative technology and a timely breakthrough for the textile and fashion industries.
“This breakthrough proves that we don’t need to harvest virgin forests, cotton fields or oil wells to make high quality fashion materials at a big scale. Together, Tangshan Sanyou and re:newcell have delivered what the fashion industry needs to make a transition to sustainability – a climate positive, low-impact and truly circular raw material. We will now work together with Tangshan Sanyou to build on this success and bring many thousands of tons of recycled materials to the market.” comments Mattias Jonsson, CEO of re:newcell.
Today’s announcement sets a completely new bar for the viscose supply chain in its quest to be more sustainable and meet brands’ preference for fabrics made from post-consumer recycled textiles. It is a remarkable precedent; one that heralds a new era of climate solutions for brands and supply chain partners.
“The introduction of a new viscose fabric made from 50% recycled textiles represents an important leap forward for the global textile and fashion industries,” said Nicole Rycroft, Canopy’s Founder and Executive Director. “We congratulate Sanyou and re:newcell on these exciting results of their collaboration. They are setting a new bar in the development of Next Generation Solutions, one that brands and the broader market place eagerly await.
Ekman have been actively promoting industrial cooperation and innovation between Tangshan Sanyou and Re:newcell in this timely industrial development.
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Head of Communications, re:newcell
Tangshan Sanyou Xingda Chemical Fiber Co.,Ltd.
Address: Nanpu Development Zone, Tangshan, Hebei Province
Tangshan Sanyou Group Xingda Chemical Fibre Co., Ltd is a leading supplier of cellulose fiber. Tangcell ™is a high-end brand of cellulose fiber of Sanyou Fibre, adhering to the concept of sustainable development, with all materials from a renewable botanical base and process conforming with （STeP by OEKO-TEX®, certified with STANDARD100 by OEKO-TEX®), and labelled as Made in Green.
唐山三友集团兴达化纤有限公司是国内领先的纤维素纤维供应商。唐丝™是三友化纤旗下的高端纤维素纤维品牌,唐丝™符合可持续发展理念,其所有原料来自可再生植物源，生产过程符合国际纺织协会的环保纺织标准，通过了STeP 和STANDARD100 by OEKO-TEX®认证，持有Made in Green by OEKO-TEX®绿色生态标签。
Re:newcell, founded in 2012, is a Swedish textile recycling company that has developed a cutting-edge technology for recycling cotton and other cellulosic fibers. The process converts textile waste such as used jeans and worn-out t-shirts into biodegradable Circulose™dissolving pulp, which is then used to produce new high quality textile fibers such as Tangcell™ at an industrial scale. With Re:newcell’s unique and patented technology, the fashion industry can reduce CO2emissions, water, chemicals and land use and greatly extend the use of the earth’s resources.
Ekman is a world-leading sales and marketing organization focusing on the global forest industry. Based in Sweden and with offices world-wide it is a leading supplier of dissolving pulp for viscose manufacture and, in recent years has dedicated itself to supporting green and environment friendly initiatives for the textile industry.
Canopy is an international environmental not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s forests, species and climate. The CanopyStyle initiative began in 2014 with clothing retailers and brands. As part of its engagement with global viscose producers, Canopy has been working collaboratively with Tangshan Sanyou, which has adopted a Forest and Pulp Sourcing Policy and completed its first annual CanopyStyle Audit. As of 2019, brands and retailers representing more than $250 billion in annual revenue have now come together with the goal of eliminating Ancient and Endangered Forests from their viscose and rayon supply chains, and will be starting to preference products made from innovative materials such as post-consumer recycled textiles.