A Södra Group initative

It’s time to wake up.

Textile
Million tonnes of textile waste. And almost zero recycling. Watch the film and find out what we can do about it.
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Million tonnes of textile waste. And almost zero recycling. Watch the film and find out what we can do about it.
Watch the movie.

Contact us here for partnership possibilities.
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Around the world, more than a hundred million tonnes of textile fibres are produced each year, and only a fraction is ever recycled.

Governments are starting to demand it, and we all know it: Textile products must become part of the circular bioeconomy.

There’s a catch to that, though. No one has ever been able to work out how.

Until now.

The new circular textile chain
The linear textile chain of today

    Waste
    is not
    the end.

    Welcome to the dawn of a new age. The age where textiles finally enter the circular bioeconomy. Sustainably, large-scale and long-term.

    Being Södra, we have a strong ally behind us. It’s called the Swedish forest. For more than eighty years, we have never stopped exploring the endless possibilities of wood – and making the best use of the opportunities.

    In this case, the forest helps us to finally bring textiles into the circular bioeconomy. Over several years, we have developed and invested in a large-scale industrial process where we mix cellulose from wood with a substantial part-waste textile.

    The result? A completely new raw material, ready to re-enter the textile industry

    Who gives a sheet?

    Closeup photo of sheets

    We need partners.

    Södra’s dissolving pulp is a work in progress – and will stay that way for the foreseeable future. Our long-term goal is to reuse every type of textile product, in any size, shape or form. Ambitious, yes, but not impossible.

    The first step is to obtain the quantities of used textiles needed to start large-scale production during 2020. It’s an environmental effort where we would like as many suppliers and partners as possible to participate.

    We are currently looking for companies whose businesses inevitably involve large amounts of white textile waste, primarily cotton or blended with polyester, not only polyester at this stage. If your company fits that description, there is probably no better time to act than now.

    You will be part of an innovative, long-term and large-scale investment, developed by Södra to solve the global issue of textile waste.







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    More information about Södra

    Dissolving pulp →

    Read more about how our dissolving pulp is made and how it is used in the textile industry for the production of viscose and lyocell.

    Dissolving pulp

    Our Production →

    Read more about how the production of pulp takes place at our three different pulp mills with a total capacity of 1.9 million tpy.

    Södra mills

    Responsible forestry →

    Read more about how our forest are responsible managed with a long-term approach.

    Responsible forestry

    This is Södra →

    Read more about Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with 52,000 forest owners as its members.

    This is Södra

    Sustainability →

    Read more about how our entire operations are based on the renewable, recyclable and biodegradable raw material from the forest.

    Sustainability

    Innovation →

    All our research and development is sustainability based, meaning that we ultimately contribute to a more sustainable society.

    Innovation