Materials Made in Finland from FSC-certified wood using minimal water and chemicals, SPINNOVA® fibre is one of the most sustainable textile materials available.
For us working at ARKET, SPINNOVA® is such an exciting new material to design with. Using their innovative wood-based fibre, we can knit or weave soft fabrics with the stretch and strength qualities of cotton and the warmth of lamb’s wool, but with only a fraction of the environmental footprint compared to conventional materials.1
Based in Jyväskylä in central Finland, Spinnova has innovated a technology that enables making textile fibre from wood pulp without the chemicals or water-intensive processes that go into producing other textile fibres such as cotton, viscose or lyocell.
The material is made by first grinding wood pulp into a paste2 which is then mixed with water and spun into a white textile fibre – without chemicals or chemical dissolving – that is ready to be spun into yarn and woven or knitted into fabric.
The same technology can also process waste materials including textile waste, leather waste and cereal straw into new fibre, making it a truly circular alternative, and one of the most sustainable textile materials available.
The Spinnova process uses 99 percent3 less water compared to cotton production, results in zero waste and creates minimal carbon emissions. The material can also be recycled over and over without losing quality.
A new innovation just recently launched, SPINNOVA® fibre is commonly blended with other materials such as cotton or wool to tailor the product properties and increase volumes but replacing even a portion of other non-circular fibres with SPINNOVA® contributes to reducing the footprint of the final product.
ARKET’s first project with Spinnova – launched in spring 2022 – is a new rendition of one of our signature men’s overshirts made from a combination of 18 percent regenerated cellulose and 80 percent certified organic cotton.
1 ”Comparison of polyester, cotton, viscose and Spinnova fiber”, Simreka, 2020.
2 This paste is called microfibrillated cellulose, MFC.
3 The water use of Spinnova fibre is 20L/kg fibre, while cotton production has an average use of 3880L/kg fibre.