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Spinnova producer awarded FSC Chain of Custody certification

Chain of Custody Certification guarantees customers full supply chain transparency on sustainable wood sourcing.

15th May 2024

Knitting Industry
 |  Jyväskylä, Finland

Knitted Outerwear

Woodspin, the exclusive producer and distributor of wood based Spinnova fibre, has obtained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification. This recognizes that wood used by Woodspin for its manufacturing can be fully traced from its origin to the final fibre product, providing its customers with the assurance of sustainable sourcing.

Woodspin is a 50/50 joint venture between Suzano, the world’s largest hardwood pulp producer, and Spinnova, an innovative Finnish materials technology company. Woodspin uses responsibly grown eucalyptus hardwood planted, harvested, and sourced by Suzano on farms in Brazil. Suzano is the world’s largest eucalyptus grower and manages 26,000 square kilometres of land, of which 40% is set aside for permanent conservation.

FSC is renowned as the most rigorous international standard for responsible forestry and FSC certification ensures that a forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers while ensuring it sustains economic viability.

Woodspin produces the unique, wood based Spinnova fibre without harmful chemicals or pollution. Spinnova fibre has a 74% smaller life cycle carbon footprint and 98% less water consumption than conventional cotton.* The exclusive use of Suzano’s eucalyptus-based raw materials enables Woodspin to guarantee end-to-end traceability while remaining committed to zero deforestation and upholding comprehensive ethical and sustainable practices.

Commenting on certification, Jari Aittakari, Sales Director at Woodspin, said: “Consumers and stakeholders at every stage of the textiles value chain deserve to know the origin of the products they buy, that these have been ethically produced, and that the materials used to make them have been sustainably sourced. We recognise that the demand for supply chain transparency is increasing. This FSC certification demonstrates to our partners – be that brands or producers – that Woodspin’s Spinnova fibre is produced to the highest standard, from farm to fibre, without compromise.”

Fabian Farkas, Chief Markets Officer at FSC International, added: “As the forestry sector continues to push boundaries through innovation, key players increasingly recognising FSC as the solution provider for responsible sourcing. Woodspin's FSC Chain of Custody certification is such a significant milestone, paving the way for a more sustainable and scalable textile fibre production and ultimately a fossil fuel-free world.”

The certification follows the 2023 opening of Woodspin’s first facility producing wood based Spinnova fibre in Jyväskylä, Finland. The plant produces biodegradable textile fibres, enabling garments with hand feel close to the natural fibres made responsively from trees. Woodspin’s modern facility uses Spinnova’s fibre technology, which is designed to produce zero waste. It also uses an advanced energy recovery system to recycle its only by-product – surplus heat – which can be reused in a local heating network. Wood-based Spinnova fibre is already being used by global fashion brands such as adidas and Bestseller.

*CO2e emission comparison is based on a projected product carbon footprint conducted by a third-party expert following the ISO 14067:2018 standard. Ecoinvent database has been used as the source for global average CO2e emissions of conventional cotton. Water consumption comparison is based on a projected, screening Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) conducted by a third-party expert. Both comparisons include raw material supply, transportation of raw materials, and manufacturing of the product (cradle-to-gate).

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