The future of textiles introduced in the Presidential Palace

December 6, 2019inPress Release

(Helsinki, 6.12.2019) Finland celebrates today its 102 years of independence and Maria Ohisalo, Interior Minister of Finland, will be walking the red carpet tonight and wears the future material for Finland’s No 1 annual reception at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. The stunning evening dress material is made by Finnish Infinited Fiber Company (IFC), which is said to be the rescuer of the world’s fashion and textile industries.

Interior Minister Ohisalo wanted to wear a dress that underlines our future direction for sustainable consumption of textiles. The Finnish circular economy top innovation, awarded by WWF, solves one of the worst environmental problems in the world. 

“I am proud to wear a Finnish circular economy innovation. We need solutions to cope with the escalating textile waste problem caused by fast fashion. The problem can be solved by increasing the life cycle of garments, developing repair and rental services and innovations for recycling the textile waste,” says Maria Ohisalo, Interior Minister of Finland.

The dress is made from post-consumer cotton-based textile waste that would have been either burned or sent to landfills. Now the fibers got a new and enhanced life ahead. And the best part is when the dress has come to the end of its new life it can be put through the same process again. And again, and again. Endlessly.

Better than cotton – Leading material for future fashion

The fabric, born as a result of Finnish engineering, has the same appearance, touch and feel as cotton but the fiber as enhanced qualities that beat conventional cotton both technically and ecologically. The material preserves it dyes better and it needs less rounds in the washer¹.

Several global fashion brands, like Lee, Wrangler and Tommy Hilfiger, have tested the IFC fiber in their production with success. Last week Swedish Weekday brand announced their stunning denim garment designed together with the Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.

Designer of Minister Ohisalo’s beautiful long evening dress Anne-Mari Pahkala has always been interested in technology and new innovations in fashion industry. “I find it important that industry and science seek for new solutions for the drastic problems of the textile industry. My interest towards IFC awaked when I was visiting their mill together with Maria Ohisalo. Soon after the visit we began our common project that aimed to design and make a luxurious evening dress from the basis of this material of the future,” says fashion designer Anne-Mari Pahkala. 

New and better man-made cotton made in IFC’s revolutionary process excludes huge amount of carbon and methane emissions not to mention fertilizers, fresh water and chemicals used by cotton farming. Still, the end result is not a compromise in quality, nor in appearance.

Solution for the ever-growing waste problem

The emissions caused by the textile industry already exceed the amount generated by the international flights and maritime shipping together².

The technological breakthrough in IFC’s process is that it can separate the synthetic fibers from cotton. The remaining pure biodegrading natural cellulose can be recycled through the same process endlessly without weakening the fiber quality.

”Waste generated by textile industry is one of the heaviest burdens to our planet. We have the technology that can be easily scaled up to industrial level, solve the problem and make a true climate action. The future of fashion industry is based on circular economy,” says Petri Alava, CEO of IFC. 

IFC’s fiber is born in nearly carbon neutral process. Besides cotton-rich used garments the genius technology can also digest other cellulose based materials, like cardboard and paper waste but also agricultural waste like rice straws that are burned vast amounts in Asia.

IFC is manufacturing fiber from post-consumer textile waste at its pilot plant in Finland 50 tons per year and is building another 500-ton mill to provide more fiber for global fashion brand’s tests and capsule collections.

The business is aiming at global technology licensing for the textile industry.

Technical details of Maria Ohisalo’s evening dress and for more information please contact:

IFC’s fiber manufacturing: 

Kirsi Terho, kirsi.terho@infinitedfiber.com, +358 40 588 8610

Dress designer: Anne-Mari Pahkala, annemaripahkala@gmail.com, +358 50 313 0044

Yarn manufacturer: Inovafil Ltd., Portugal, www.inovafil.pt

Fabric manufacturing: Kultavilla Oy, Susanna Kääriäinen, kultavilla@kultavilla.fi,  +358 40 538 3013

Fabric dyeing: Värisävy Oy, Alpo Ruostetsaari, alpo.ruostetsaari@varisavy.fi, +358 40 543 9952

Antti Ratia

Communications Manager

Infinited Fiber Company

tel. +358 400 715 558

communications@infinitedfiber.com

Maisie Williams dresses up with Infinited Fiber

November 25, 2019inPress Release

Global fashion brand Weekday decided to show initiative in circular fashion on White Monday and is now the world’s first global fashion brand who has published a garment from IFC fabric. The result is astonishing!

Weekday wanted to raise awareness of IFC by contacting Maisie Williams who’s known to speak about causes she cares about. Maisie co-designed a two-piece outfit which is made entirely from IFC fabric. She will also be wearing it at a public event to spread the circular fashion message.

“I’ve loved working with Weekday. I’m so excited to work with a fashion brand that is taking a conscious step forward. The IFC fabric looks and feels just like any other denim and for Weekday to create the first custom piece of its kind, for me, leaves me flattered,” says Maisie Williams, Actress.

IFC’s groundbreaking technology enables the millions of kilos of textile waste that is currently burned or landfilled, to be turned into a cost efficient, high quality cotton-like fiber. The Monday before Black Friday is a perfect time to open your mind for circular alternatives.

”Infinited Fiber Company has a really interesting new recycling technique that has potential to help Weekday in our goal towards 100% recycled or sustainably sourced materials. For us, this material is extra interesting because of its cotton-like appearance and durability,” says Ulrika Jakobsson, Sustainability and Material Responsible at Weekday. 

IFC provided Weekday with a few meters of newly processed denim fiber to test and they are now the first in the world to use this fabric.

“Weekday is one of our Hero brands helping us to scale-up even faster to make our innovation available to everyone. It has been exciting to work together with Maisie to prove that sustainable fashion does not mean any compromises,” says Petri Alava, CEO, Infinited Fiber.

At the moment this garment is not a collection that can be purchased. Weekday is testing the material and they are hoping to create a full collection soon.

IFC‘s technology is operating in Finland and is patented, proven and ready for global up-scaling and licensing. Its investors include global fashion corporation H&M Group and Singapore based global biomaterials company RGE Pte Ltd.

For more information, please contact:

Antti Ratia, Communications Manager, Infinited Fiber Company

communications@infinitedfiber.com

tel. +358 400 715 558

YouTube: 

WWF, Climate Solver 2016, https://youtu.be/xgJRqjnSE48 

IFC, The Ugly Truth of Fashion https://youtu.be/7rVwK-PpXOU  

Infinited Fiber’s revolutionary technology is Patented in all key market areas and Piloted in Finland. The fiber is Validated by global fashion brands such as H&M and PVH. IFC was Awarded by WWF as the Climate Solver 2016 and is Selected Collaborator of Fashion for Good Scaling Program and 50 To Watch by the Cleantech Group. The technology is ready for global up-scaling to tackle one of the most severe waste problems in the world.

www.infinitedfiber.com

Weekday is a Swedish denim and fashion brand influenced by youth culture and street style. Founded in 2002, Weekday currently ships to 19 markets and has stores in 12 countries, offering a unique retail experience and a curated mix of women’s and men’s assortments as well as a small selection of external brands.

www.weekday.com 

Textile Exchange 19

October 11, 2019inPress Release

Our team is excited and looking forward attending the Textile Exchange’s Sustainability Conference & Exhibition next week (15-18 October) in Vancouver!

The mission of the event is Driving Impact through Integrity and Preferred Fiber & Materials.

The event is packed with industry experts covering today’s most pressing sustainability topics. IFC also has a booth in the exhibition, if you’re attending the event, please come and visit us there! 😊

Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with our members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks. We identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population.

#TextileExchange19

#infinitedfiber

#circularfashion

Event website: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/website/2614/home/

Infinited Fiber Receives Lead Investment from RGE

August 15, 2019inPress Release

 – textile startup receives its largest single investment from global resource-based manufacturer to advance innovative fibre solutions technology 

Espoo, 15 August 2019, 12:00 – Singapore-based RGE Pte Ltd (“RGE”) joins a group of investors including H&M Group, Virala and Fortum to help Infinited Fiber Company Oy (IFC) scale up its technology that turns textile waste and other pulp-based materials into new textile fibres. A strategic co-operation agreement was also signed between RGE and IFC to commercialise the startup’s technology.

Since early 2018, IFC has been operating a 50-ton per annum pilot plant in Espoo, Finland, that produces Infinited Fiberfor testing purposes with global brand owners such as H&M, VF Corporationand their manufacturers.  Recently, the company leased production facilities in Valkeakoski city, Southern Finland, for a new pre-commercial 500-ton per annum plant and customer training centre that will start up in early 2020. 

“This new investment amount, the largest single IFC has received to date, supplements the earlier partnerships with H&M Group, Virala and Fortum, we announced in April this year.  We are delighted to have RGE on board as a strategic partner as we can apply what we learn from their global operations to accelerate our plan to bring our technology to large-scale manufacturing,” said Mr Petri Alava, CEO of IFC. “This new financing will enable us to finalise the scaling of the technology and to extend our fiber production capacity to enable global leading brands to bring capsule collections to the markets in 2020,” he added.

“RGE is keen to support innovative next-generation solutions that can be applied at industrial scale. IFC’s technology is exciting as it brings together the use of recycled feedstock and clean solvent in a circular fashion to produce fibres. Our viscose business groups, Sateri and Asia Pacific Rayon, collectively produce about 1.4 million tons of viscose annually using raw materials from renewable plantations.  As a leading viscose producer, we strive to continually seek solutions to improve the sustainability performance of our manufacturing practices and products,” said Mr Tey Wei Lin, President of RGE.

IFC has raised EUR 8 million of funds this year, including EUR 1.96 million recently awarded by the European Innovation Council (EIC).  

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Antti Ratia

Communications Manager, IFC

Tel. +358 400 715558, communications(at)infinitedfiber.com

Ms. Felicia Tang

Head, Communications & External Affairs, Viscose Business, RGE

felicia_tang(at)rgei.com

About IFC

Infinited Fiber technology can turn textile, cardboard and agricultural waste to new and better cotton. The brand-new fiber can be circulated infinite times while preserving 100 % quality.

The process has three main phases: 1. Fiber separation 2. Turning material into liquid 3. Turning liquid into fiber. 

The business model of IFC is to license the Infinited Fiber technology for global fiber producers in textile and non-woven industries. The end-use applications include fashion, home textiles, disposable personal care products (e.g. wipes, diapers, pads) and technical products (e.g. automotive filters, dairy, construction applications). The production process is protected by several patents in key market areas.

The sale of the first licensed commercial plant with an estimated capacity of over 25,000 tons per annum is scheduled for 2020-2021. The first pilot plant started up production in March 2018 and is selling solutions to several leading global brands. The company is currently running its 50-ton per annum pilot plant next to its HQ in Espoo (Finland) and is going to build a second pre-commercial 500-ton per annum plant to start up in Valkeakoski by early 2020. IFC employs 11 people and its turnover in 2018 was EUR 1.5 million. 

www.infinitedfiber.com

About RGE

RGE Pte Ltd manages a group of resource-based manufacturing companies with global operations.  Our work ranges from the upstream, comprising sustainable resource development and harvesting, to downstream, where our companies create diverse value-added products for the global market.  Our commitment to sustainable development underpins our operations, as we strive towards what is good for the community, good for the country, good for climate, good for customer, and good for company.  RGE was founded in 1973.  The assets held by RGE companies today exceed US$20 billion.  With more than 60,000 employees, we have operations in Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada and continue to expand to engage newer markets and communities.

www.rgei.com

Infinited Fiber’s Summertime Events

May 22, 2019inPress Release

We would like to thank all of our visitors at Techtextil 2019 in Frankfurt! Infinited Fiber raised a lot of interest throughout the world and we had many fruitful discussions that will continue.

Moving forward, we are participating in couple of interesting events in June. The next event is WCEF (World Circular Economic Forum) in Helsinki 3-5 and the huge ITMA 20-26 June, the world’s leading textile and garment technology exhibition which is held every four years in Barelona. Our CEO Petri Alava will also be one of the speakers in the Planet Textiles summit 22ndof June at Fira de Barcelona. 

Let’s meet in the summertime events and keep on working for the sustainable future! #circulareconomy #sustainablefashion #climateaction #sustainablefiber #closedloop 

IFC @Techtextil 2019

April 24, 2019inLinkedIn

World’s leading trade fair for technical textiles and non-wovens is in Frankfurt 14.-17.5.2019. We are delighted to meet you at our stand A19 in the Hall 4.2. Come and meet us, let’s discuss how we can make the change for better world. See you in Frankfurt!

https://techtextil.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html

Infinited Fiber Company signs new partnerships with H&M Group, Fortum and Virala

April 16, 2019inFacebook,Press Release

Infinited Fiber Company Ltd. (IFC) has raised 3.7 million euros in funding from investors, including H&M Group, Fortum and Virala. IFC is currently running a 50-ton pilot plant in Finland and plans to increase the annual capacity of the next generation sustainable textile fiber production up to 500 tons in order to meet the growing demand from the market.

“I’m very proud that we have created a technology that enables textile waste to be used over and over again by producing a strong, sustainable fiber without compromising quality and comfort. We are delighted to welcome the global fashion retailer H&M Group, as well as Fortum, a leading clean energy and resource efficiency company, and Finnish investment company Virala, to be our new partners in closing the loop for textiles,” says Petri Alava, CEO of IFC. 

“We’re excited about the partnership with Infinited Fiber Company. Their innovation aligns perfectly with the H&M group’s sustainability goals and our vision to become fully circular. Infinited Fiber has proven significant potential to accelerate the journey from a linear to a circular fashion industry. We look forward to being part of developing and scaling this technology in the coming years”, says Erik Karlsson, Investment Manager for Sustainable Fashion at H&M group’s investment arm CO:LAB.

“Fortum is studying possibilities to grow business that is based on the more efficient use of biomass. We believe strongly in biorefining, new technologies and their role in a more sustainably produced textile fibre”, says Heli Antila, head of Fortum’sbusiness focusing on bio-based solutions.

In addition to cotton rich textile waste, the Infinited Fiber manufacturing process can use most material containing cellulose, e.g. recycled paper, cardboard and agricultural waste such as straw – nevertheless the reborn fiber will be the same. Properties of the Infinited Fiber include a natural soft look and feel, consistent proven quality, 30-40% better color uptake than competing fibers, it’s antibacterial and bio-degradable and has excellent moisture absorption qualities. In addition, it has a total cost competitiveness in the textile production supply chain. 

“A problem in the textile industry is the growing demand for cotton that simply isn’t available. We have proven that for example in denim applications, the commercial quality requirements can be reached with our Infinited Fiber. The global denim industry is pushing us to bring our solutions to the market. Our reborn Infinited Fiber is re-usable forever, carbon neutral and applicable like natural cotton without any microplastics harming the environment”, says Alava.

The business model of IFC is to license the Infinited Fiber technology for global fiber producers in textile and non-woven industries. The end-use applications include fashion, disposable personal care products (e.g. wipes, diapers, pads) and technical products (e.g. automotive filters, dairy, construction applications). The production process is protected by several patents in key market areas.

The sale of the first licensed commercial plant with a capacity of 25,000 tons is scheduled for 2020-2021. The pilot plant started up production in March 2018 and is selling solutions to several leading global brands.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Petri Alava, CEO                                 

Tel. +358 50 1483, petri.alava@infinitedfiber.com                   

Mr. Antti Ratia, Communications Manager

Tel. +358 400 715558, communications@infinitedfiber.com

IFC in brief

Infinited Fiber technology can turn textile, cardboard and agricultural waste to new and better cotton – infinitely. Originally technology was developed by VTT, the Technical Research Institute of Finland, by multimillion investment. All the rights and know-how were transferred to Infinited Fiber Company in early 2018. The technology process has three main phases: 1. Fiber separation, 2. Turning material into liquid, 3. Turning liquid into fiber. 

IFC offers carbon neutral fiber regeneration technology for textile and non-woven industries. The company is currently running its 50-ton pilot plant in Espoo (Finland) and has plans to increase the capacity up to 500 tons by 2020. IFC employs 11 people and its turnover in 2018 was 1.5 million euros. 

www.infinitedfiber.com