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TeKiDe project from the Helsinki-Uusimaa region winner of the European Commission's Regiostars Awards


RegioStars 9.10.2018, kuva VTT
VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) and Aalto University’s TeKiDe project on textile fibre recycling won a category of the European Commission’s Regiostars Awards in Brussels. The ecologically sustainable production of cotton fibres from waste textiles may revolutionise the textile industry.

The TeKiDe project was praised by the jury for its revolutionary and innovative nature. The technology developed in the project addresses one of the most important challenges of our time.

Through new techniques, discarded textiles can be used to produce new fabrics without using chemicals that burden the environment. Old textiles, such as used sheets and towels and even waste paper and cardboards can be used as a raw material. The cotton waste is dissolved in a wet fibre spinning process. The carbamate fibres make a new viscose-type fabric. 

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The project has received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council is the funding authority.

– TeKiDe has created an internationally significant innovation platform. It is open and allows enterprises to experiment and test their ideas. I believe that a dynamic ecosystem will emerge around the project, which will serve as a growth engine in the circular economy, says Programme Director Tiina Huotari from the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.

Fibre technology revolutionising textile industry

The ecologically sustainable production of cotton fibres from waste textiles may revolutionise the textile industry. Through research, the project partners aim to promote circular economy, accelerate the commercialisation of technology and reduce the use of oil-based microplastics.

Fabric made from this carbamate fibre was first seen on the Finnish MEP Ms Sirpa Pietikäinen, at the Independence Day Reception held in the Presidential Palace in 2017.

Carbamate products will be on shop selves in a few years’ time, as the Finnish startup Infinited Fiber Company, has begun to commercialise a production of the fibre. The construction of the first plant is under planning.

Best projects for regional cohesion in the spotlight

The RegioStars Awards is an annual competition organised by the European Commission to highlight projects which best promote regional cohesion. This year, there were 102 entries for the competition. Six projects were awarded; five in the competition categories, and one project got the 2018 RegioStars' public choice award.

The TeKiDe project began in the autumn of 2016 and will end in the coming months. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the City of Espoo, the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) and Aalto University.

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For more information, please contact:

Programme Director Ms Tiina Huotari, phone +358 40 041 8029

Photos: Mikko Raskinen and VTT

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