Infinited Fiber Company was founded with the mission of making textile circularity an accessible reality for brands and consumers. Infinited Fiber is a Finnish technology startup that has been gaining traction in the sustainable fashion industry. In fact, they have been recognized with numerous awards including Global 50 to Watch 2019 by Cleantech Group and Hottest Sustainability Tech Startup by The Europas 2020. Infinited Fiber is working with numerous companies including Patagonia, Adidas, PVH, Wrangler, and Zalando. Having the desire to solve textile waste alongside the growing limitation of natural resources, Infinited Fiber transforms waste into a new and versatile textile fiber. Although Infinited Fiber does a good job at breaking down the circularity of their innovation, there is no data or report provided to back up their claims. Since transparency is key within sustainability, Infinited Fiber should provide publicly accessible scientific and employee data (that is independently audited) to supplement their compelling technological advancement.
Infinited Fiber’s patented technology takes cellulose-rich waste that would end up in the landfill or be incinerated. This includes old textiles, cardboard, crop residues like rice or wheat. Infinna™ is biodegradable as it is made of cellulose, a cell wall component in plants. Such plant-based fiber contains no microplastics. This textile fiber ultimately has the power to reduce industrial reliance on virgin materials such as cotton. Soft to touch, Infinna ™ has the ability to be made into many products such as a t-shirt, hoodie, denim, or bedsheet. Infinna ™ can be used by itself and can be blended with other fibers. However, Infinited Fiber has noted that their cellulose collection process is more efficient when there is at least 80% cotton in the textile feedstock as opposed to non-cellulosic materials that need to first be removed. It also has better due uptake than cotton or viscose and it has natural anti-microbial properties. Although Infinited Fiber beautifully explains their textile, there is no data or report to support their claims. By incorporating a sustainability report as evidence for their claims, Infinited Fiber would be setting a great example for other companies to follow.
Infinna ™ is derived from post-consumer textile waste that is broken down to release valuable polymers that are ultimately captured to manufacture Infinna ™, a cellulose carbamate textile fiber similar to cotton. This process can also handle impurities such as polyester and elastane. Infinna ™ reduces manufacturing reliance on oil to produce materials such as polyester. The process to make products with Infinna ™ takes a fraction of the water needed to produce the same products with cotton. Infinna ™ states that multiplying that virgin cotton water usage by the 2 billion T-shirts made annually shows the scope of Infinited Fiber’s potential impact. Infinna ™ can also be blended with other fibers. Fibers and clothing that can blended with Infinna ™ include denim, singly-jersey, french terry, woven fabrics, and printed wovens, among others. Infinited Fiber uses responsible chemistry in their production process meaning no organic solvents are needed to make Infinna ™. They replaced the toxic carbon disulfide used in viscose production with animal feed-grade urea. Carbon disulfide is said to be the most hazardous and un-ecological chemical used in the current fashion industry value chain. In an interview with Textile Exchange, Infinited Fiber states that their new fiber is the only one that can replace cotton in addition to value-adding properties. It is also made at a lower cost through the reduction of water, chemical, and energy usage. Infinited Fiber needs to provide some sort of evidence for these claims as they are amazing and deserve to be indisputable.
Although Infinited Fiber hits the mark on sustainable technology, there is absolutely no statement about their workforce. Questions such as where the post-consumer textile waste is collected and manufactured remain unanswered. As a tech startup, it is normal to exclude (intentional or not) such labor information that could easily be accessible on their website. This should not be the case. The work conditions and the lives of workers should be the top priority of every company, factory, and industry. Infinited Fiber needs to provide an independently audited report on their labor sector.