The Collection of Tomorrow
Get ready for the next step
With the launch of the new Scandinavian Workers shirt, the Collection of Tomorrow enters a new phase. The material quality and softness are far better, and the amount of material is increased by 500%. This means that the Spinnova material is now ready to be used in apparel and that more people can buy a product to join the innovation.
The Collection of Tomorrow represents a possible solution to close the gap that exist in a product’s life cycle – between recycling and production of new material – making it fully circular. We are not saying that we have reached the goal, but we are certainly taking steps to get there.
What’s new in the project?
- A totally new Spinnova x Bergans product is born; a shirt inspired by European history. Designed by Bergans, cut and sewn by Grinakervev – all in Norway.
- The material in itself is further developed. We are now able to use a lyocell blend instead of organic cotton.
- The world leading British fabric finisher, Halley Stevensons, have joined the collaboration. Halley Stevensons has given the Spinnova x Bergans fabric a great touch and feel, so that it now can be used for next-to-skin apparel.
- Halley Stevensons has also contributed with dyeing of the fabric, which of course is free of harmful chemicals and the fabric is again 100% recyclable.
- Every bit of the process is scaled up to approach a commercial production – Weaving, finishing, dyeing - have been industrialized.
- The pool of material has increased by 500% - which means that more people can buy into the Collection of Tomorrow and follow the innovations in close.
- Because the material pool is way bigger, you don’t have to apply to buy a product anymore. Anyone can now buy a piece from anywhere in the world. With that said, it is probably smart to buy quick.
Imagine if we could make fully circular products using only renewable resources… We can!
A sustainable co-lab
Bergans and Spinnova are working together on 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.
>> Visit Spinnova.com to get to know them better!
Spinnova’s pure tech
Spinnova’s 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 Spinnova’s patented process totally unique, is that it does not use any harmful chemicals, produce any waste or side streams and uses 99% less water and significantly less CO2 emissions than the cotton value chain. The material is also disruptively circular, and products made of it can be upcycled in our process several times, even without dismantling the product.
Take part in the innovation – Join the Future Labs Society
We are still at an early stage in developing this ground-breaking material. Still, we are eager to share it with you and learn from your feedback on how the material behave and perform. When you buy a shirt, you will be encouraged to register your product online. By registering, you will automatically join the Future Labs Society and thereby earn benefits:
- Opportunity to have the value of the material refunded at any time in return for sending us your product
- Pre-emptive right on future Spinnova x Bergans products
- Discount on future Spinnova x Bergans products if you submit your previous product
- Exclusive insight into Bergans Future Labs' work
- Opportunity to influence the development of the material and what kind of products we make
This is Halley Stevensons
Halley Stevensons is a world leading British fabric finisher, with a proud history and strong traditions. Their textile journey began as early as 1864 (56 years before Bergans was founded!) originating as a jute weaving mill as part of the industrial revolution. Just like at Bergans, innovation and product development have always been an important driver at Halley Stevensons. In fact, their first patent for 'cleaning and water-proofing textiles' was awarded as early as 1910, and they have kept innovating ever since. In other words, the Halley Stevensons, Bergans and Spinnova collaboration amounts to 286 years of innovation and determination driven by a genuine joy in developing tomorrow's textile materials.
>> Visit Halley Stevensons to dig deeper into their fascinating history and knowledge
The Collection of Tomorrow is a project that explores the possibilities that lie in innovative technology and how it can take us closer to a fully circular consumption of textiles.
When you buy a Spinnova x Bergans shirt, it is important that you understand what you actually are buying. Yes, you will own a really nice handmade shirt, but you will also own a small part of the total amount of Spinnova material that exists in the world. The value of the product is therefore divided in two; one part is the value of the work done to shape the material into a garment, and the other part is the value of the material itself. Right now, the material is shaped like a shirt but in the future, it can be recycled and become a completely different product.
A future scenario
Our prediction about the future is that we will not own finished products to the same extent as today. With technologies like Spinnova's, we can rather own a share out of the total amount of material. Imagine that you have a winter jacket that is worn out. When spring comes, you hand it in for recycling and then decide which model you wish for next winter. Your old jacket is then thrown in a large grinder with many other jackets and recycled into new fabric, which is used to sew your new winter jacket. When the autumn comes, you will receive your new jacket and only pay for the recycling and sewing job. Congratulations on your "new" jacket!
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.
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.
Are the products 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 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.