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Spinnova, Icebreaker collaborate to develop circular midlayer products


The sustainable textile material company Spinnova and VF brand Icebreaker® have collaborated to developcircular midlayer products with next-generation blends of merino wool and the highly sustainable Spinnova® fiber that can be recycled again and again.

Spinnova and Icebreaker have begun their joint sustainability journey by entering a product development agreement on Spinnova-merino wool midlayer materials that will have a minimal environmental footprint and high performance. The blend Spinnova and Icebreaker are now piloting for midlayer products is sustainable and comfortable, and also fully circular. After consumer use, the developed yarn is intended to be separated and reused, with the ambition to get one step closer to circularity and lowering the products’ impact on the environment.

Icebreaker is an industry sustainability pioneer with ambitious sustainability goals including abandoning the use of plastic fibers by 2023. In 2020, already 91 percent of Icebreaker’s materials were merino or plant-based. This partnership is a great match between Icebreaker’s high sustainability standards and Spinnova’s innovation that aims to transform the way textiles are made globally.

The sustainable and fully circular Spinnovafiber is made without harmful chemicals. The fiber uses 99.5-percent less water and produces nearly 64.5-percent less carbon dioxide emissions than cotton production cradle to gate. Thanks to the mechanical process Spinnova uses to harness its raw material, wood pulp, the fibres can simply be remade mechanically, again without harmful chemicals or quality loss. It also has strong insulation properties, and will be a great companion for merino wool.