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Ioncell’s Ionic Innovation for Recycling Fibre

Updated : 14-Oct-2020

Ioncell

Ioncell® is a technology that turns used textiles, pulp or even old newspapers into new textile fibers sustainably and without harmful chemicals. The Ioncell® process converts cellulose into fibers which in turn can be made into long-lasting fabrics. It uses an environmentally friendly solvent that can be recycled, giving rise to fibres that work well in both clothing and technical applications.

Company Name

Ioncell®

Headquarters

Finland

Product Launched in

2010

Sustainability Benefits

  • Enables waste textiles to get a new life as high-quality fibers.
  • Ionic liquid solvent used is environmental friendly and can be recycled.

USP

  • The fiber properties of Ioncell are equal or better than viscose and Tencel™ fibers.
  • Optimal in technical applications due to their moisture absorbing, biodegradable and bright lustre.

End user sector

  • Garment Manufacturers
  • Textile Waste Recyclers
  • Speciality Textile Fibre Manufacturers
  • Textile Machinery

How does this work?

  • The cellulosic raw material is first mechanically ground and pre-mixed and then it’s dissolved using an ionic liquid.
  • The resulting viscous spinning dope is then pressed through very small holes to a water bath.  
  • Between the spinnerette and the bath there’s an air gap.
  • The very thin fibers are collected from the bath on rotating cyliders.
  • In case of staple fibers, the fibers are washed, cut, dried and opened after this process.

About the Company

Research Project by Aalto University and University of Helsinki

Aalto University
Aalto University established in 2010, is a multidisciplinary community of bold thinkers, where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future.

University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki is one of world’s leading multidisciplinary universities specializing in the area of research. The university was established in 1640 (as Royal Academy of Åbo) and is Finland’s oldest and largest.

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Stakeholders

  • Production professionals
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals
  • Textile waste management professionals
  • Value chain components

    • Product end of life

    Product Category

    • Men's wear
    • Women's wear

    Videos

    From forest to fabric – Ioncell

    IONCELL-F - Cellulosic Fibers from Ionic Liquid Solution - Aalto University Research

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