To celebrate the Zero emissions day, the Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC), Helsinki/Finland, launched the world’s first Carbon Handprint Recognition. One of the 2 recognitions was given to Spinnova’s textile fiber innovation that, compared to cotton, saves as much as 65% of CO2 emissions.
The Carbon Handprint Recognition award aims to highlight those products and services that help citizens to reduce their own carbon footprint. Spinnova Oy, Jyväskylä/Finland, has already started fiber production and the first industrial-scale plant will start operating in Jyväskylä in 2022. The innovation allows the use of traditional cotton to be replaced in textile products. Annual greenhouse emissions from cotton fiber production are estimated to exceed 50 million tons of global CO2.
The Zero emission day’s mission is to give the planet a day off from fossil emissions and add awareness of the drawbacks of carbon emissions. The theme day’s goal is to inspire people to make climate friendly choices in their personal everyday lives. In 2021, the event was held in collaboration with the Finnish city of Lahti, the EU Green Capital 2021.