Dissolving pulp for textile applications

Wood-based textile fibers to replace fossil-based textile fibers

Consumers are looking for products that enable them to lead more eco-friendly lives. They want to minimise waste, their carbon footprint and reduce their use of plastic. The majority (65%) of today’s textiles are fossil-based fibers, synthetic materials such as polyester, polypropylene, nylon among others. The world currently dresses in fossil-based materials. We want to change that. 

Pure by Stora Enso is an integral part of our cellulose line of products – a dissolving pulp made from a renewable material, wood. We produce both hardwood and softwood dissolving pulp at our Enocell mill in Finland. They are mainly used in the textile industry value chain. The pulp is converted to staple fibers, the staple fibers are converted to yarn and finally, the yarn is knitted or weaved into a fabric.

Pure by Stora Enso is:

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The apparel industry is looking for raw material alternatives to petroleum-based synthetic fibres (from finite, non-renewable resources) and cotton (which requires large volumes of water, pesticides and arable land). Materials such as viscose and lyocell are attractive alternatives because they originate from renewable resources.


Did you know?

The demand for wood-based textile fibers is growing faster than that of all other types of textile fibers.

Wood-based fibers can reshape the fashion industry for the better

In addition to producing both hardwood and softwood dissolving pulp, we support the development work behind wood-based textiles on a long-term basis to increase the share of wood-based textiles and improve transparency in the textile value chain. One of these initiatives is "Tree to Textile". Tree to Textile is built on a common vision: Better textiles in harmony with nature, to all. Find out more.

Why choose dissolving pulp?

Key Benefits

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    Made from a renewable and traceable raw material  

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    From sustainably managed Northern forests

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    FSC®/PEFC™ chain-of-custody certified

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    Available in hardwood and softwood

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    Suitable for various textile fiber processes

Possible End-Uses

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    Man-made cellulosic textile fibers such as viscose or lyocell

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    Acoustic solutions

Sustainable textiles

What sort of textiles should consumers choose?
Sustainable textiles should:

  • Be produced with high input efficiency (less water, energy, chemicals)
  • Have a positive impact on the environment
  • Designed to be re-used or recycled and retain significant value after recycling
  • Designed for higher durability and longer use
  • Made from renewable raw materials
  • Traceable to origin
  • Offer transparency across the value chain
  • Have a socially positive value chain
Textile consumer

Certified wood from sustainably managed forests

Sustainable forest management helps us secure the long-term availability of wood – our renewable raw material. Forest certification guarantees that forests are sustainably managed. We always ensure that the forests we harvest wood from are regenerated. We also know the origin of all the wood we use: 100% comes from sustainable sources. Read more about Stora Enso’s sustainable forest management here.

Spruce tree
Pure by Stora Enso.
Shaping the fashion of tomorrow.