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Vinnova and Smart Textiles support recycling project

Bioinnovation – a strategic innovation programme that is funded by Vinnova, The Swedish Research Council Formas and the Swedish Energy Agency – has approved an application for a project in which Smart Textiles is a participant.

Bioinnovation’s vision is for Sweden to have switched to a bio-based societal economy by the middle of this century. In the area of textiles and non-woven materials, the idea is to establish ‘locally grown’ textiles in Sweden. The project is divided into five parts: Agriculture and Hygiene High-volume Products; Paper Machines for Yarns and Non-woven Materials; Textile Recycling; The purpose of this division is to gather relevant knowledge and resources, and to facilitate new kinds of collaboration.

 

The work package in which Smart Textiles participates comes under the umbrella of the ‘Designed for Recycling’ part of the project, and aims to develop bio-based and recyclable furniture and furnishings in paper materials. The reason behind this is that the demand for textile fibres is increasing, and so we must think in new ways regarding materials and find alternatives to the traditional fibres of today. In the work package, we take a cyclical approach to the production of a screen wall, following the chain from paper to yarn, textile production, finished product and, finally, recycling.

 

The other participants are Bioisolator, Kinnarps, the Mid Sweden University, Munksjö, Nordic Paper, OrganoClick, Sjuhäradsbygdens Färgeri, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Stena Recycling, Stora Enso Re-Board, SKS Sweden, Swerea IVF and Trikåby.

 

The Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås is already a participant in the work packages ‘Paper machines for Yarns and Non-woven materials’, ‘Textile Recycling’, ‘Mechanical and Dissolving’ and ‘Sustainable Swedish Viscose’.