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Spinnova links up with Touchpoint to launch new bio-based apron

“Every detail is carefully considered so that there is nothing unnecessary in the apron. We think it’s beautiful in its simplicity and sustainability.”

Finnish sustainable workwear company Touchpoint and innovation company Spinnova have launched a new bio-based apron.

The ‘workwear’ , prototype apron is called Tapio and is named after an ancient Finnish ‘god of the forest’. It is 100% wood-based and is biodegradable, Spinnova stated.

The company also said that the apron can be recycled into new fibre via its textile process.

The apron contains no materials that shed microplastics, and has no plastic or metal parts to weaken its recyclability, Spinnova  (@SpinnovaLtd) added. The Tapio apron is also undyed and uncoated. It was unveiled, earlier this month, at a food-based event in Helsinki, Finland.

“Every detail is carefully considered so that there is nothing unnecessary in the apron. We think it’s beautiful in its simplicity and sustainability,” said Touchpoint’s (@Touchpoint_FI) CEO, Outi Luukko.

Touchpoint was one of the first brand owners to start collaborating with Spinnova in 2018.

“Touchpoint wanted to join our journey long before we knew much about the technical or commercial development of our fibre, and wanted to publicly introduce a demo product before knowing when a collection is possible. This calls for a passionate approach on sustainability from a textile brand,” said Spinnova CEO Janne Poranen (@JannePoranen).

“We are born curious and have grown to turn challenges into possibilities. We need solutions that don’t burden our environment and that can in the future replace, for example, cotton production. We started with an apron that helps us raise discussion and spread awareness of the possibilities this will offer to a more ecological workwear scene and the entire textile industry,” added Luukko.

Spinnova is working on another bio-based, prototype textile product, designed for commercial workwear.

The company also said that it was planning its first commercial production facility.


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