October 19, 2015

Finnish innovation wins European Paper Recycling Award

The innovation won in the Technology Improvement and R&D category. (left to right): Eva Kaili (member of the European Parliament), professor Herbert Sixta, Yibo Ma, Michael Hummel and Henri Vermeulen (ERPC chairman).
The innovation won in the Technology Improvement and R&D category. (left to right): Eva Kaili (member of the European Parliament), professor Herbert Sixta, Yibo Ma, Michael Hummel and Henri Vermeulen (ERPC chairman).
Jan Van de Vel

A Finnish spinning technique that produces textiles and garments from waste paper and waste cardboard has been awarded at the 2015 European Paper Recycling Awards.

The exhibited fabrics were produced at Aalto University’s Department of Design by Marjaana Tanttu.

The exhibited fabrics were produced at Aalto University’s Department of Design by Marjaana Tanttu.

Eeva Suorilahti

Developed by Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the innovation won in the Technology Improvement and R&D category at the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC)’s awards ceremony.

The winning Ioncell-F technique utilises a special solvent that is capable of dissolving cellulosic waste material without the addition of toxic chemicals. This ionic liquid thus facilitates the spinning of fibres for the production of textiles and garments.

The high strength fibres produced are of quality equal or better than those deriving from similar processes, also enabling the use of lignin as a natural textile dye.

This was the fifth time that the ERPC awards were held. The ceremony was staged at the European Parliament.

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