Finland has a new eco-fashion line – clothes made from trees

At a reception to mark the country’s Independence Day, the first lady of Finland Jenni Haukio wore a sustainable evening gown made from Finnish birch trees

The dress was designed using innovative Ioncell technology developed by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. Ioncell uses a range of materials, including wood, recycled newspaper, cardboard and old cotton to make fabric with less of an environmental impact than the processes used to make cotton and viscose. It can also be recycled. Making durable, recyclable clothes from wood means carbon emissions can be reduced since the carbon is stored in the lifespan of the fibre.  Ioncell produces cellulose-based textile fibres, using a safe, non-toxic ionic liquid instead of harsh chemicals, which can end up polluting local water sources. The technology is still at the research stage, but the aim is for an Ioncell pilot production line by 2020.

- Eyewitness News -

2. 1. 2019