Many companies have adopted a proactive approach to the environment, with the aim of utilizing natural resources more efficiently and reducing the environmental impact of production processes, transportation and products. From green chemistry to nanotechnology, any number of fields present opportunities for dramatic environmental improvements.

A catalyst of sustainable fashion

The non-profit H&M Foundation is working for sustainable development and textile innovation. A new kind of fiber recycling is one of the results – sustainable fashion's biggest innovation competition is another.

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New textile fibers rising from the froth

The circular transformation of the textile industry may have begun in Kristinehamn, Sweden. Here, the first large-scale recycling of old cotton clothes into new textile fibers is taking place.

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Membranes replace old mercury technology

Stenungsund is the backbone of Swedish PVC production. The old mercury-based process is now replaced - a move that will save 20 percent energy, make the product cleaner, and reduce emissions to the sea.

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A nursery for next-generation plastics

With smart, chemical additives, plastics can be tailored to be more durable and more degradable at the same time. The first Nordic plastic industry is back on the leading edge.

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A new beginning for used plastic

Still, a mere six percent of new plastic products are made from recycled material. But the industry is doing a lot to turn the tide, and Rondo Plast in Ystad, Sweden, has a key position in the chain: right before the recovered plastic is turned into new components.

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Swedish forests can turn into fossil-free foam

The bioeconomy is swapping oil for wood, and the research company Cellutech is an important facilitator, building bridges between academy and industry. The company is exploring how transparent wood and special composite materials can be put to use – but a cellulose-based foam material will be the first application of scale.

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The Swedish project Advantage Environment provides information about existing and future products designed to reduce environmental impacts.

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