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Spinnova and Bergans Take “Collection of Tomorrow” to Next Level

A year after initial launch, Spinnova and Bergans have taken the next step and released the second product in The Collection of Tomorrow.

The innovative Spinnova material has evolved into the apparel category in collaboration with a new partner Halley Stevensons. Previously, the collaboration between the Finnish sustainable material firm Spinnova and the Norwegian manufacturer of outdoor equipment Bergans was presented.

The Collection of Tomorrow’s goal is to develop fully circular products using only renewable resources. Product development has continued, and now the second offering, a Scandinavian workers shirt, is ready for release.

The comfortable, natural fabric was created in collaboration with Halley Stevensons, a British manufacturer and innovator in waxed cotton and weatherproofed fabrics. This is the first apparel-quality, dyed and finished fabric Spinnova has introduced.

“We have taken a giant leap forward in textile development, and especially fabric finishing,” Spinnova chief commercial officer Lotta Kopra said. “We are more than pleased with the shirt developed in collaboration with Bergans and Halley Stevensons.”

The three partners explained that their main focus was development of the 100 percent recyclable material and stepping from the accessories category to apparel. The backpack introduced in November 2019 was an organic cotton blend, while the fabric of the shirt is a lyocell blend.

“The backpack was still a prototype and only available in a very small quantity, because the total amount of Bergans x Spinnova material that existed at that time was very limited,” said product designer Johannes Flem in Bergans Future Labs. “If you wanted to buy one, you actually had to apply for it. Now the fabric quantity is raised by 500 percent. There is no need for an application to buy the Scandinavian workers shirt, but you probably have to be quick to get hold of one,”

James Campbell, managing director of Halley Stevensons, said sustainable innovation is the life blood of its business.

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“The opportunity to work together with like-mind businesses such as Spinnova and Bergans made perfect sense,” Campbell said. “We are learning the challenges of working with a new natural fiber, which is both exciting and inspiring. Using our niche finishing methods, we aim to help develop a circular product that has both performance and comfortable wearer characteristics.

Spinnova’s production technology for cellulose-based textile materials does not use any harmful chemicals, produce any waste or side streams and uses 99 percent less water than the cotton value chain. The Spinnova material is also  circular and products made of it can be upcycled in the process several times.