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Spinnova joins ZDHC community

ZDHC is a group of apparel and footwear brands and retailers working together to lead the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.

11th January 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Jyväskylä, Finland


The sustainable material company Spinnova has announced it has become a contributor of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals’ Roadmap to Zero programme. ZDHC’s objective is to protect the planet by reducing the textile industry's chemical footprint.

ZDHC is a group of apparel and footwear brands and retailers working together to lead the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals. ZDHC enables a cleaner industry of the future by, for example, finding safer alternatives and managing the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List. The MRSL supports good chemical management by helping avoid the use of banned substances during production and manufacturing.

Spinnova’s involvement in the ZDHC means it will contribute to crafting how harmful chemicals can be avoided and help accelerate phasing out hazardous chemicals.

“We are honored to join this influential community. We want to help promote a cleaner textile industry in any way we can, based on our experience of a material innovation that involves no harmful chemicals,” comments Spinnova’s CEO and co-founder Janne Poranen.

Spinnova’s breakthrough technology represents the cleanest fibre alternative in the industry, it says. The company’s fibre production method is not a regenerative one, but instead the wood or waste based raw material is mechanically refined and dry spun into filament. Fibre produced this way produces no side or waste streams, including zero waste water, Spinnova says.

As Spinnova approaches the commercial production phase and develops yarn and fabric, it is also developing sustainable finishing treatments that will commit to the MRSL. Spinnova has partnered with leading brands such as Bergans of Norway, Bestseller and Marimekko.

Based in Finland, Spinnova has developed breakthrough technology for making textile fibre out of wood or waste, such as textile or food waste, without harmful chemicals. The patented Spinnova fibre creates 0% waste or side streams, 0% microplastics and has minimal CO2 emissions and water use. Spinnova is committed to using only sustainable raw materials such as FSC certified wood. The company has been awarded as a World Changing Idea and Innovation by Design by the Fast Company, as well as Sustainability Achievement of the year by the ISPO and Scandinavian Outdoor Adwards.

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