Finland now offers new groundbreaking solutions in sustainable materials and business models. The country’s solutions span every level of ecosystem, from waste handling, treatment, sales and usage, collection and recycling to identification and waste handling
Leading Finnish firms experts like Rester, NordShield, Emmy, Spinnova and Infinited Fiber Company offer innovations across the textile ecosystem. As per Marika Ollaranta, Head-Bio and Circular Finland Program, Business Finalnd, these innovations include evolutionary solutions that cover the whole life cycle of a textile. Governments, consumers and the industry are waking up to the challenges of a very single-use oriented industry, but more work is needed to build awareness and change mindsets and behavior to make the cycle more sustainable, he said. His company, Rester collaborates closely with Southwest Finland’s municipal waste management company LSJH in a project that brings together the private and public sectors in textile waste handling.
NordShield’s patented technology enables natural antimicrobial treatment of textiles while Spinnova and Infinited Fiber Company introduced innovative ways of making fiber out of wood pulp and discarded textiles. Emmy Clothing Company has created a transparent resale-as-a-service for clothes, which makes it possible for all actors in the ecosystem to participate in prolonging a textile’s life cycle. Responding to growing issues of textile waste, Finland also aims to introduce new textile recycling regulations by 2023.