Swedish textile recycling company Renewcell is to use specialty chemicals and engineering solutions from Nouryon at its new plant in Sundsvall.

The facility will recycle textile waste, including worn-out jeans and production scraps, to manufacture 60,000 metric tonnes of Circulose dissolving pulp per year.

It is said to be the first of its kind and could potentially save hundreds of millions of garments from landfills and incineration each year, contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gas emission from the textile industry. Operations are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2022.

“Our mission is to change the global fashion industry. Nouryon is a reliable and well-respected solutions provider to the regenerated fibre industry so we are pleased to partner with them as we embark on this ambitious journey. Nouryon’s experience with innovative, sustainable solutions will play a significant role in the long-term success of our mission,” says Patrik Lundström, CEO of Renewcell.

Johan Landfors, president technology solutions at Nouryon, adds: “The positive environmental impact of the textile industry’s new sustainable fibres and its potential growth are goals that Nouryon strongly supports.

“We are pleased to partner with Renewcell to grow this sustainable industry based on our core competence in renewable fibres chemistry and our engineering capabilities.