SWEDEN (News release) -- One million garments made from post-consumer textile waste and renewable wood. The result of a new collaboration between Södra and Lindex will be included in the Scandinavian fashion company's assortment from early 2023.
OnceMore® is the world's first large-scale process for recycling blended fabrics. The process combines post-consumer textile waste with renewable wood from responsibly managed forests to produce high-quality textile pulp.
Lindex will receive 250 tonnes of viscose fibre based entirely on OnceMore. The fashion company will produce around one million garments based on the new fibre, which will be included in Lindex's assortment from early 2023 and will be sold in Lindex stores and on lindex.com.
"Today, only a fraction of the 100 million tonnes of textiles produced and placed on the market are recycled each year. With OnceMore, Södra has created a unique, commercially-viable solution for bringing textiles into the circular bioeconomy. The one million OnceMore-based garments from Lindex represent an important step in the development of more circular fashion. We are delighted to be doing this in collaboration with a company such as Lindex. Together, we can make a difference," says Lotta Lyrå, CEO of Södra.
OnceMore is produced at Södra's mill in Mörrum, which processes wood from the sustainable managed forests of Södra's members in southern Sweden. The textile waste used in OnceMore is collected in northern Europe and includes old bed sheets, towels, clothing and other fabrics.
Lindex: OnceMore an important enabler
For Lindex, the collaboration is in line with the company's sustainability promise - to make a difference for future generations - where one of the fashion company's goals is that by 2025, 100 per cent of Lindex's materials will be recycled or sustainably sourced.
"Today, there are major challenges regarding large-scale recycling of textiles where OnceMore is an important enabler. Through our collaboration, we can contribute to a more sustainable textile industry while taking further steps on our circular journey and reducing our environmental impact' says Annette Tenstam, Strategic Lead Circularity & Environmental Sustainability, at Lindex.