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Patagonia Goes Hard on Circularity With Textile Waste Fiber

Published: June 29, 2021
Author: Manali bhanushali

Patagonia and Infinited Fiber Firm, a circular fashion and textile technology company, have agreed to a multiyear sales deal for Infinited Fiber Company’s premium-quality regenerated textile fibre InfinnaTM, which is made from textile waste.

The action is a significant step forward for both companies in their efforts to make textile circularity a reality: Patagonia will have access to the limited-supply fibre for the next few years, while Infinited Fiber Company will have future sales income as it scales up production.

“Circularity is a marathon, not a sprint. By partnering with companies like Infinited Fiber Company we are able to build a circularity partnership that not only recycles the products of the past but builds a circularity plan for the products of the future,” said Patagonia’s Lead Material Developer Ciara Cates.

Infinna is a unique, virgin-quality regenerated textile fiber with the soft and natural look and feel of cotton. It is created from cotton-rich textile waste that is broken down at the molecular level and reborn as new fibers. Because it’s made of cellulose – a building block of all plants – Infinna is biodegradable and contains no microplastics to clog our seas. Clothes made with it can be recycled again in the same process together with other textile waste. 

Infinited Fiber Company announced intentions to develop a flagship factory in Finland in April to accommodate increased demand for Infinna from international fashion manufacturers. Customers are currently served from Espoo and Valkeakoski, Finland, where the company’s R&D and pilot facilities are located.

The intended flagship factory will have a 30,000 metric tonne yearly production capacity, which is enough fibre for nearly 100 million T-shirts manufactured entirely of Infinna. During 2021, Infinited Fiber Company aims to have sold the whole output of the new factory for several years.

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