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A textile-to-textile recycled material that replaces virgin oil, cotton and wood in production of textile fibers

September 2022
Gallery Circulose 1
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Circulose® is made from discarded textiles, like that worn-out pair of jeans at the back of your closet. Using a breakthrough recycling process powered by 100% renewable energy, we transform old clothes into a pristine natural material for fashion that needs no cotton fields, no oil, and no trees. THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: We take in garments that can’t be resold to people. Either they’re way too worn-out or hopelessly out of style. We prefer cotton clothes because they contain a lot of cellulose. The clothes are shredded, de-buttoned, de-zipped, de-colored and turned into a slurry. Contaminants like plastic polyester are taken out. What remains is cellulose - the biodegradable organic polymer that cotton, trees and all green plants on earth are made out of. The slurry is dried to produce sheets of pure Circulose®. We package the sheets into bales and ship them to be made back into natural textile fibers. A brand designs new virgin quality clothes using Circulose® fibers.

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Label Date September 2, 2022
From Sweden
Maturity stage Medium and large scale commercialization
Looking For Network, Visibility, Funding, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • Equal in quality to conventional virgin man-made cellulosic fiber pulp
  • 100% textile-to-textile recycled
  • -2 kg CO2e per kg produces on net (SCS Global Services 2017 LCA report)
  • 100% biodegradable

The Financial benefits

  • 30% cheaper than virgin organic cotton at large scale production

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We make fashion circular. Recycling clothes finally works.

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Headquarters 114 36 Stockholm, Sweden
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