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Addressing the collateral damage

Company has advanced the existing lyocell manufacturing method, which traditionally processes virgin wood, to accommodate textile waste.

4th April 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Seattle, WA, USA

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Evrnu, of Seattle, Washington, is launching the first high-performance, recyclable lyocell material made entirely from cotton textile waste – NuCycl r-lyocell.

Using cotton textile waste as its sole raw material, the new fibre is designed to replace and outperform virgin cellulosic and plastic-based materials and offer significant impact reductions, all while maintaining recyclability.

A first premium t-shirt made of 100% NuCycl r-lyocell from designer Carlos Campos is already sold out.

Evrnu’s suite of chemical recycling solutions use textile waste as a resource – breaking it down and regenerating it into new materials that outperform both virgin cellulosic and plastic textiles.

“We have at least a 20-year push to innovate around climate change to make up for the past 100 years of collateral industrial damage,” says Stacy Flynn, co-founder and CEO of Evrnu.  “Our team and partners are dedicated and aligned to outperforming and scaling textile recycling solutions to bring our industry into balance with natural systems.”

To create the fibre, Evrnu has advanced the existing lyocell manufacturing method, which traditionally processes virgin wood, to accommodate textile waste. By tuning its technologies to fit into existing manufacturing infrastructure, Evrnu is creating a pathway to quickly scale its chemical recycling solutions for the fashion industry.

The company has raised $31 million in funding to-date and is currently building a new facility in the southeast USA to demonstrate its fibre regeneration technologies at commercial scale. The new facility will service 17,000 metric tons of pulp and 2,000 tons of fibre per year.

“For the first time in the history of the textile industry we can now outperform 90% of the market using what is currently perceived as waste,” says Christopher Stanev, CTO of Evrnu. “Since we founded Evrnu, we have proven our technologies not only work but are scalable using existing infrastructure – imagine what our industry will look like when we are done.”

Evrnu will continue commercialising 100% NuCycl r-lyocell with a range of brand partners in the coming months as it works towards developing a larger, closed-loop circular ecosystem.

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