Spider-inspired threads

Finland (Jyväskylä)

Spinnova claims to have created the most sustainable fibre in the world – no small claim! Taking inspiration from the way a spider creates its web, and the similarities between its protein and his speciality, nanocellulose, CTO and co-founder Juha Salmela created a way to spin wood fibre into textile fibre.

The textile created is as warm as lamb wool, as strong as cotton, and can be made water repellent or absorbent depending on the application. All of this makes for a material that’s 100% natural, quickly biodegradable, has no microplastics or harmful chemicals, uses 99% less water used than the cotton value chain, a much smaller carbon footprint than some fabric and of course, is 100% recycled. A game changer.

Photographer: Markus Sommers

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Written by

Fiona Shaw, Publisher, Ethos Magazine (04 September 2020)


Ethos Magazine is for and about ethical entrepreneurs, innovation and sustainability.

Project leader

Juha Salmela, Co-founder


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Photographer: Markus Sommers

All images: copyright Spinnova

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