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KappAhl makes circular economy a fashion

‘We are exploring a number of new models and methods that will contribute to a circular fashion industry. It should be easy for our customers to shop more sustainably,’ said KappAhl CEO Elisabeth Peregi.

Fashion group KappAhl is taking yet another step towards a circular fashion industry. Its sustainability sights are set high: by 2025 all materials are to be more sustainably produced, a figure that is currently 70%. Now the fashion brand is challenging traditional means of production, with the launch of a spring collection that puts recycled materials in the spotlight. Enter Circulose – a new material made using recycled textiles – which is making its début at KappAhl.

Since 2019, the company has been a partner in Re:newcell, supporting the accelerated development of new technologies for sustainable processes. The decision to take an active role in Re:newcell’s development is just one aspect of KappAhl’s commitment to achieving its ambitious sustainability targets and testing new innovative production technologies.

‘Innovative technologies allow us to develop our business model and also recycle textiles that have been in circulation. A material like Circulose gives us an opportunity to transition to a sustainable process from the design phase, and meet our customers’ high demands when it comes to both style and sustainability,’ said Lina Nyqvist, sustainability manager business unit.

Re:newcell has developed a process for the chemical recycling of textiles. The company formed through a project at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, which resulted in the production of Circulose, a natural material created entirely from recycled textiles from used cotton. This new material gives companies the possibility to reduce their environmental footprint from textile waste.

KappAhl’s collection is launching in a limited run, made of 50% Circulose. The remaining 50% consists of viscose produced from cellulose from FSC certified forests. The garments’ trend prints are hand drawn, and easy to pair with the collection’s single colour items.


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