Finnish biotech specialist Infinited Fiber Company has developed a patented technology that can turn discarded textiles into high-quality, bio-based regenerated fibers for new uses while retaining the quality of the original fibers.
A group of fashion brands is endorsing Infinited Fiber Company’s technology. They are H&M Group, Bestseller, PVH Corp., Wrangler and Patagonia. Suominen, a globally leading supplier of nonwovens for wipes, is also endorsing the technology.
These brands view the technology as a viable, circular alternative to virgin cotton that can help them respond to the increasing consumer demand for sustainable clothing and textiles.
Infinited Fiber Company’s technology enables any cellulose-rich material–including textile waste, used cardboard, straw, or wood–to be reborn as soft and natural textile fibers with unique characteristics, including extremely high dye uptake. The finished fibers are biodegradable as impurities such as plastic residues from polyester or elastane are removed in the process. The fibers can also be re-recycled using the same technology without loss of quality. They also can be used on their own for 100% waste-based, circular textile or blended with other fibers in yarn manufacturing.
Garments made with Infinited Fiber created from 100% regenerated post-consumer textile waste. From left to right: Jeans 50% Infinited Fiber/50% cotton, red T-shirt 50% Infinited Fiber/50% cotton, orange T-shirt 100% Infinited Fiber, orange hoodie 75% Infinited Fiber/25% cotton.
“Having invested in and worked closely with Infinited Fiber Company over a number of years, we are incredibly excited about their continued development and what this will mean for both H&M Group, and the wider industry in terms of our collective drive towards a more sustainable future. To see other brands collaborating with Infinited Fiber Company speaks not only to the quality of product but also to its exciting commercial possibilities,” said Erik Karlsson, investment manager at H&M Group’s investment arm Co:Lab. Karlsson is also a member of Infinited Fiber Company’s board of directors.
“It is exciting to see the leading brands in the fashion and nonwoven textile industries validate and endorse our regenerated fiber. Our technology is ready to be scaled, and through close collaboration with these visionary brands we really can make circularity a reality–not in some far-off distant future, but very, very soon!” added Infinited Fiber Company co-founder and CEO Petri Alava.