Spinnova : Leather waste textile fiber pilot...
Spinnova

Leather waste textile fiber pilot production line

(Source: Spinnova)
(Source: Spinnova)

Leather waste to be recycled into sustainable textiles: Following the establishment of Respin, a joint venture (JV) between Spinnova and KT Innovations AG, Hünenberg/Germany, in May 2021, the partners now have a pilot production line ready to begin its startup phase. The small industrial scale leather fiber pilot plant is designed and built by Spinnova Oy, Jyväskylä/Finland, and is located at its facilities there.
This means that Respin Oy, Jämsänkoski/Finland, can start producing larger amounts of the leather fiber for R&D purposes and develop demonstration products with the material. While the piloting phase is exclusive, Respin JV partners will welcome other brands to join the development in its commercial phase. The fiber made of leather waste has great potential in many applications, including footwear.
Respin will pay €2.5 million to Spinnova for the pilot production line and Spinnova’s R&D services in the course of the proof-of-concept phase. The piloting is estimated to take one year.
Made with Spinnova’s clean, low-emission technology, the leather fiber’s key sustainability benefits are its use of renewable raw material, zero use of harmful chemicals and minimal water use. The fiber feels like a textile fiber, but it is made from leather waste, combining the natural durability and elasticity of leather and the light weight and feel of traditional textile.

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