Breakthrough of Unprecedented Innovation in the Viscose Sector

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.

中国和瑞典:2019年6月20日,粘胶行业使用回收棉取得里程碑性质的成就。本月世界环境日唐山三友成功量产了一种新的粘胶短纤维,其中50%原料来自消费后回收的棉织品,再生棉浆由瑞典公司Re:newcell提供,剩下的50%由FSC COC(森林管理委员会监管链)木浆制成,并由Canopy模式审核。

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.”

唐山三友化纤董事长郑柏山介绍说,三友化纤一直致力于以创新科技为纺织产业链提供提供可持续纤维,此次与Re:newcell 的合作是纺织品循环利用领域的非凡突破。接下来,我们将继续为品牌提供更多的非木源纤维解决方案。

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.

“这一突破证明,我们不需要大量砍伐原始森林、占用棉田或开采油井来生产高品质的时尚材料。唐山三友和re:newcell共同提供了时尚产业向可持续发展转型所需要的纤维——一种有益气候、环境影响小、真正循环的原材料。现在,我们将与唐山三友共同努力,在这一成功的基础上,把成千上万吨的循环再生材料推向市场。re:newcell首席执行官马蒂亚斯•琼森(Mattias Jonsson)评论道。

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.

“利用50%回收纺织品生产的新型粘胶纤维悄然问世,这象征着全球纺织品和时尚界的一次重要飞跃。”Canopy创始人兼执行总裁Nicole Rycroft说道,“祝贺唐山三友和re:newcell收获重大合作成果。他们为品牌商和整个市场翘首以盼的下一代解决方案树立了新的标杆。”

Ekman have been actively promoting industrial cooperation and innovation between Tangshan Sanyou and Re:newcell in this timely industrial development.



For more information:更多信息:

Harald Cavalli-Björkman

Head of Communications, re:newcell

Telephone: +46705903204




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.