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This is how they make recycled wood clothes, the new sustainable fashion



The Aalto University in Finland has managed to use a new technology to manufacture recycled wood clothing, a novel material that could revolutionize the textile market thanks to its respect for the environment. This is how this clothing is made.

Finland has managed to manufacture the first garments with recycled wood, the new sustainable fashion that could revolutionize the textile market in a more respectful way with the environment.

The first design with this material was made by several students of the Aalto University, chemists and engineers who have met with designers from the same university to achieve a material and clothes that feel good to customers. With innovative technology, the research and design team wanted to "show their respect for the Finnish nature and for the country's tradition of having strong women", explained university professor Pirjo Kaariainen.

This new sustainable manufacturing technology called Ioncell could reduce the environmental damage that other textile company’s produce by using other materials to design their garments.
Thus, the process through which recycled wood clothes pass is much more sustainable than when using other types of fibers such as cotton or wool. In addition, this recycled wood had no intended use before this innovation.

Jenni Haukio, the current first lady of Finland, wore in a state gala one of the first designs with this new material: a dress made with Finnish birches. The process by which these birches pass to become the garments that will be marketed later involves creating textile fibers with the different recycled materials among which are cardboard, recycled newspapers, wood and old cotton garments.

Thanks to this technique called Ioncell the fiber that results from this process is smooth and shiny. In addition, it is a sustainable process that considerably reduces the pollution that occurs due to the fashion market, which causes 10% of the carbon emissions in the atmosphere, and approximately 70 million barrels are used. oil per year for the manufacture of polyester fibers, which take about 200 years to decompose.

The oceans also suffer a large part of the pollution of the fashion market, since the synthetic clothes melt in the well-known plastic microfibers that are distributed in the water and reach the borders of the territories.

As the awareness of a lower consumption of textiles is complicated in many societies, it is possible that this new sustainable clothing is the solution to use less harmful materials for the planet.

"We need to make a change so that sustainable materials are integrated into the system and people can easily buy beautiful and comfortable clothes that do not cause environmental problems," says Professor Kaariainen.

French President Emmanuel Macron also recently wore a scarf made with recycled jeans last year during his visit to Finland, adding to sustainable fashion and giving him support.
"This dress is not a street design but it definitely fulfilled its purpose and it is important that people like the first lady advocate for more sustainable options and promote new innovations," said Ana Portela, a fashion designer who promotes the use of fabrics and sustainable materials for the textile market.

Portela says that it is necessary to give a new approach to fashion, and according to the expert "this could translate into buying second-hand products, products of certified origin, using more efficient natural fibers such as hemp, buy a filter for the washing machine to avoid that the microfibers enter the water system or pressure the companies to act better ".

The designers of this novel clothing made with recycled wood have the purpose of launching their first line of production in the year 2020, and that clothing made with recycled birch can be purchased for the Christmas of 2025.

Therefore thanks to the new Ioncell technology this team manufactures recycled wood clothing, which can be the great novelty in terms of sustainable fashion and that can change the concept we have of the fashion market.