Re:newcell (private company)

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Total investments received (USD) - 5.33M

re:newcell is a technology company that was founded in January 2012 by a group of researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and a small investment company. The company has through this co-operation accomplished a new ground breaking recycling process of cotton and other cellulosic textiles such as viscose into new textile fibres.

The first re:newcell production of a fully recycled garment was presented at a fashion show during the first week in July on Gotland, Sweden in 2014.

The garment is a breakthrough for the textile recycling industry. The garments shows that the production technology is fully functioning and produces comfortable clothes of high quality. The dress is made out of recycled blue jeans which were then recycled with the technology built in collaboration of re:newcell and KTH. The dress was produced in cooperation with Svenskt Konstsilke AB, Textilhögskolan in Borås and Wargön Innovation.

Since the yellow dress, more garments have been made such as dresses, a T-shirt, a children’s pyjamas and a scarf. Several of the garments were even shown on the catwalk during Berlin Fashion Week in July 2016.

Today, re:newcell is building its textile recycling factory in Kristinehamn in Sweden. It is estimated to be completed by the first quarter of 2017 and have a maximum capacity of 7 000 tons per year. re:newcell is therefore already building a stock of textile waste and would be happy to answer any questions on how you too could be a part of closing the loop in the textile industry.

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