Kick-start to Nordic industrial scale end-of-life textile refinement: Collaboration of Rester and Lindström begins

The textile and clothing industry are against unavoidable change. Manufacturing new products consume continuously more naturel resources and usage of virgin raw materials should decrease by rather producing quality recycled fibres.

The aim of Lindström corporation is to globally recycle 100 percent of their end-of-life textiles by the year 2025. At the moment, about 400 tonnes of Finland’s Lindström`s working clothes end up as end-of-life textiles. Only 5 percent can be recycled. Challenges in recycling are usage of many different fibres and materials as well as buttons, snap fasteners and zippers.

Rester brings solution to Lindström`s challenges. Via collaboration, in the beginning of 2021 Rester begins to refine Lindström`s end-of-life textile of working clothes, restaurant textiles and potentially also cotton towel rolls to industrial reuse in refinement plant in Paimio. In refinement plant end-of-life textiles will be manufactured into textile fibre to use for example in textile industry as yarn and onwards to making cloth or technical textiles or insulating materials and composite material in construction industry as well as production of acoustics panels.

”The aim of Rester is to have a crucial impact on increasing usage of recycled textile fibres on which will replace the usage of virgin fibres. Together with third parties we get end-of-life textiles of companies to circulate so that every raw material fraction is manufactured in their optimal way and operators who use raw materials receive added value from circular economy along with environmental savings”, says Rester’s CEO, Outi Luukko.

This collaboration is a kick-start to systematic change in textile industry and it is unique in Nordic scale.