Our technology

How our fiber is produced

At TreeToTextile we have developed a groundbreaking fiber technology for the broader textile fiber market. This unique process creates versatile, low climate impact fibers at a competitive production cost. Using a system with a high degree of chemical recovery, our method involves dissolving cellulose without harmful by-products. This innovative approach ensures sustainability, scalability, and affordability with low energy and chemical use. The result is a game-changing solution for the textile and nonwoven industry, offering a sustainable alternative and complement to traditional fibers like cotton, viscose, and polyester.

The TreeToTextile Technology™ focuses on achieving a low climate impact and has consistently refined the process through third-party life cycle assessments. This bio-based method requires low amounts of chemicals, energy, and water, resulting in a low CO₂ footprint.

It’s a win-win-win scenario benefitting our planet, the textile industry, and consumers.

From pulp to staple fiber

Pulp sheet

Dissolving pulp from (FSC/PEFC) certified forests.

In the future when the market provides circular and alternative pulps, these can also be introduced.

Jar of dissolving pulp

Spin dope

The spin dope is prepared by letting pulp sheets dissolve in an alkaline solution.

Jar of spin dope

Tow

The spin dope is extruded through nozzles with thousands of small holes (spinnerets) into an alkaline spin bath, where the extruded spin dope coagulates and forms the tow.

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Crimped tow

The tow is washed and after that crimped, to give it texture and bulk.

Jar of crimped tow

Staple fiber

Finally, the crimped tow is cut into a specific length, normally 38 mm, called staple fiber.

Jar of TreeToTextile staple fiber.
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Chemical recovery

Since the pH levels in both spin dope and spin bath are alkaline, the alkali is not neutralized and lost. This allows for the alkali in the tow to be washed out and recovered. In the chemical recovery process, the alkali is concentrated, and the additives are reclaimed and reintroduced to the spin dope preparation step.

Symbol for Chemical recovery

Chemical recovery

Since the pH levels in both spin dope and spin bath are alkaline, the alkali is not neutralized and lost. This allows for the alkali in the tow to be washed out and recovered. In the chemical recovery process, the alkali is concentrated, and the additives are reclaimed and reintroduced to the spin dope preparation step.

Environmental performance

The TreeToTextile process was specifically designed to minimize its environmental footprint. Rather than just transitioning from fossil raw material, and/or energy, to renewable, we completely changed the chemical system.

By using environmentally friendly process chemicals with high recovery rates, the environmental footprint of the TreeToTextile Technology process is exceptionally low. Switching to TreeToTextile fibers would result in 70–90% lower emissions for the key textile materials (compared to industry averages) according to internal calculation and assumptions made. Thus, by switching to our more sustainable fiber, 1 ton of TreeToTextile fiber produced will remove 2 tons of CO2 equivalents from the textile industry, and significantly contributing to a decarbonized textile and nonwoven industry.