The Collection of Tomorrow
Imagine if we could make fully circular products using only renewable resources… We can!
The Collection of Tomorrow represents a possible solution to close the gap that exist in a product’s life cycle – between recycling and new material – making it fully circular. We are not saying that we have reached the goal, actually the journey has just begun, but with Spinnova on our team we are willing to go the extra mile and rethink what we used to call impossible.
A sustainable co-lab
Bergans and Spinnova has entered a long-term product development collaboration. Spinnova represents a disruptive, ecological innovation that turns cellulose and waste streams into textile fibre simply, without using any harmful chemicals. To our knowledge Spinnova develops the most sustainable fibre in the world.
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ISPO 2020 Award Winner!
The Collection of Tomorrow by Spinnova x Bergans was awarded the ISPO Sustainability Achievement Award 2020.
We are proud and humbled to be recognized for our efforts towards a more sustainable textile industry.
Spinnovas pure tech
Spinnovas innovative production technology for cellulose-based textile fibre has the potential to revolutionize the textile industry globally. Production processes of textile fibres from cellulose by using chemical processes have existed for some time. What makes Spinnovas patented process totally unique, is that it does not utilize harmful chemicals in the production process or leave any waste streams. The fact that the material can be recycled through the same process does not make it any less promising.
What makes Spinnova so awesome?+
Spinnova are the only company in the world able to convert paper grade pulp into textile fibre without harmful chemicals. The process is based on mechanical treatment of the pulp, as well as fibre suspension flows and rheology. Unlike all other cellulosic textile fibres, the Spinnova fibre’s chemical compound is the same as paper’s.
Why are not all Bergans products made with the Spinnova material?+
Spinnova is not yet a commercially available fibre, but Spinnova works with the most sustainable, pioneering brands like Bergans, on prototyping while planning for commercialization. Bergans and Spinnova entered a long-term product development collaboration in the summer 2019. Although we are now announcing our collaboration and launching our innovation project The collection of tomorrow, it does not mean that we are on target. The material is not fully developed, in fact we do not even know if we will reach our goals. But we are willing to try and have great faith that we will succeed. This is the real start of our journey together.
Is the backpack made by pure Spinnova material?+
At this point in the development the Spinnova fiber is still not strong enough to make products exclusively with this material, but we are working on it. The prototype backpack is a blend with other materials, where 50% of it is Spinnova material. The other materials are all of natural origin; cellulose-based fibre lyocell, lamb wool and wood. There are no coating chemicals on the fabric or even plastic and metal accessories. The backpack therefore has the most minimal environmental footprint.
Is it really made of wood?+
Yes, the raw material of our fibre is pulp that’s made of FSC certified wood. This is Spinnova’s spearhead at the moment, but we believe that almost any type of cellulose is equally suitable for this method. Spinnova are also looking into e.g. agricultural and bio waste-based cellulose. The pulp that comes into their process is mechanically refined into a very fine, paste-like material called micro fibrillated cellulose (MFC). MFC is a subsequent product of the pulping process. It has historically been produced on a small scale, for small volume products such as cosmetics.
What does FSC certified wood mean?+
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), is a non-profit organization that sets certain high standards to make sure that forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner. Wooden products labeled as "FSC Certified" are manufacturer in a way that met the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC certification is considered the "gold standard" designation for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, environmentally conscious, and economically viable.
Is Spinnova a man-made cellulosic?+
No, the Spinnova process is not a regenerating process. It does not use dissolved pulp and there is no dissolving involved in any stage of the process. This also means that Spinnova don’t use any harmful chemicals. There are several fibre innovations out there that use dissolved pulp, but can avoid using harmful chemicals like sulfur, which is a step in the right direction.
Spinnova is not a man-made fibre, nor a biosynthetic. The chemical compound of this fibre is the same as paper’s, although the handfeel and mechanical properties are closest to cotton. Sound too amazing to be true? Well, it’s not.
Is it a nanocellulose / post-consumer waste circulating innovation?+
No, the Spinnova fibre falls into natural fibre category (fibre generic class). Spinnova’s raw material is micro fibrillated cellulose, which means that the fibrils within the fibre are larger than in the nano level. Nanocellulose substance is gel-like, whereas micro fibrillated cellulose is more like a paste. Due to the different consistency, nanocellulose is used for applications such as biomedical solutions.
The fibre is in fact a circular product, as it can be ground back into the micro level and reused several times in our process. Reusing post-consumer fibre, even Spinnova fibre, in the Spinnova process is something we are now studying together with the Collection of Tomorrow.
Is it possible to buy a Spinnova x Bergans backpack?+
The backpack is all sold out. We had an overwhelming amount of people who wanted to purchase a backpack and we are very grateful to all the people wanting to join us exploring this technology.
Is it possible to receive a sample of the material?+
The fibres are made at Spinnova’s laboratory/ pilot factory and material is very scarce at this time. There is no commercially available material, but Spinnova and Bergans are working very hard to reach this goal. If you represent a company interested in purchasing Spinnova materials, please contact Spinnova for more information.
When will you launch the next product in The Collection of Tomorrow?+
That depends on our progress in further developing the technology, the fibre and the material(s) made from it. The next product will push the everything one step further, but as with all innovation we cannot guarantee the timeframe. Our plan is 2nd half of 2020.