Value chains for sustainable production, use and cycles of textiles

Project: Business Finland project

Project Details


The vision of the Telavalue consortium is to solve sustainability and waste problems related to current textile system through circular economy. The main objective of the Telavalue Co-innovation public research project is to support and build value chains for sustainable production, use and cycles of textiles. We will combine recycled and novel bio-based fibres as a basis for a sustainable Finnish textile production. Our aim is to ensure efficient use of product via circular design and novel business models, and ensure efficient textile material circulation via recycling.

VTT acts as a coordinator of this Co-innovation project, participates research work in all eight work packages (WP)s and leads four WPs. We develop chemical pre-processing, chemical recycling of cellulosic fibres, and thermoplastic recycling including composite processes. We build up our knowledge of textile manufacturing, identification and recycling technologies and processes. We strengthen our expertise in data management and related technologies, consumer studies and novel circular business models. We use and extend our expertise in building of ecosystems, and e.g. carry our actor and infra analysis. Further, we model the utilisation of textile fraction on the basis of quality and value of materials and fulfilling waste hierarchy.
Effective start/end date1/02/2231/07/24

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (lead)
  • Turku University of Applied Sciences
  • LAB University of Applied Sciences
  • Kemira Oyj
  • Pure Waste Textiles
  • Touchpoint Oy
  • Rester Oy
  • Image Wear Oy
  • Fiare Solutions Oy
  • Reima
  • Fortum Power and Heat Oy
  • Metsä Spring
  • Valmet Technologies Oy
  • Mirka Ltd
  • Freudenberg
  • Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto Oy
  • Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY)
  • Saimas Spinnery Oy
  • Coveross Oy
  • Suomen Tekstiili & Muoti ry

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


  • Bio&Circular Finland
  • Textiles
  • recycling
  • business models
  • circular economy
  • circular design
  • value chains