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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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.
Do you want to explore the future with us?
We are at an early stage in developing this groundbreaking material, which today exists in a very limited amount. Still, we are eager to share it with you – in return we want your feedback on how the material behave and perform.
Are you ready to be amongst the very first few to experience a fully circular material? Apply here to become a Bergans Spinnova material co-owner now!
This happens next
Once we have received a certain number of applications, we will put together a mixed team of co-owners. If you are among the lucky ones, you will receive your pack as soon as you have signed the co-owner contract and paid a deposit of NOK 1500,-. Contract and deposit are necessary to ensure that you will take good care of your exclusive product and are willing to share your experiences with us. The contract is mutual and can be terminated at any time. You will then get your deposit back in exchange for the pack.
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 or get a sample of the material?+
Yes, in a way. The fibre is not commercially available, but you are welcome to apply to become a Spinnova co-owner! The fibre is still in development and the Spinnova material only exist in a very limited amount, however we are eager to share it with you already – in return we want your feedback on how the material behave and perform. If you want to be amongst the very first few to experience a fully circular material, please place your application in the form further up this page.
The road from this piloting phase to our vision, where products made of Spinnova fibre will be in shops everywhere is not as simple as one may think, but every decision Spinnova make is based on that vision and takes us closer to achieving it.