From birch to dress – new steps in the collaborative Ioncell™ project
At Marimekko, we want to constantly increase the share of sustainable raw materials in our products. Oftentimes, a lot of the work doesn't show until it's ready to be introduced to the market, but this time we wanted to share a small project milestone in something we are very excited about.
Marimekko is engaged in a research project led by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki with the aim of developing a birch cellulose fiber made with the Ioncell™ solvent method. Fabric made from the Ioncell™ fiber is biodegradable, and no harmful chemicals are used in the manufacture of the fiber. It also is stronger than earlier cellulose-based fibers, such as viscose, or cotton.