Sustainable textile systems: Co-creating resource-wise business for Finland in global textile networks

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We need a sustainability revolution
in how we make, use and dispose of textiles.

core RESEARCH areas

The Finix project produces new scientific research on sustainability aspects of textile systems.
Based on that Finix helps co-creating resource-wise textile business in Finland in ways that promote global sustainable development.

Finix aims to make scientific breakthroughs in several core areas:

New Sustainable Materials

Producing textile fibers from recycled cellulose-based material through the Ioncell process, in the detection and removal of impurities from the material and providing a proof-of-concept of industrially viable textile-to-textile upcycling.

Digital Innovations

Producing a state-of art, feasible information system for storing and tracing the material information of textiles throughout their lifecycle.

New Design Strategies

Formulating new design strategies for different lifetimes of textiles, powered by new materials and digital innovations.

Circular Economy Management

New breakthroughs in the area of managing circular economy, including a better understanding of service-intensive and systemic business models and business models under decreasing consumption as well as novel business ecosystems that balance the interests of private ownership and public resources.

Sustainability Impacts

Scrutinizing the sustainability impacts of the current and future textiles system, including the impacts of the studied material and digital innovations. Novel scientific knowledge on how proactive policies can support a transition to circular textiles system. 

​Finix aims at breakthroughs across sectors


Currently worthless materials become valuable through sorting, treatment and processing technologies. They enable upcycling textile waste, using agricultural and other waste for fibre-making, and closing chemical loops.

Development of digital technologies for tracking and traceability make possible design for multiple lifetimes and new service-intensive business models.

With new forms of ecosystem governance, these make up a textile system, where fibres remain in circulation through long use lives.

Activities & Results

Finix works in interaction with people, businesses, NGOs and public sector.
Finix aims at broadening stakeholders’ minds into thinking holistically about the entire life cycle of textiles and changing the way we value textiles.

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Consortium Members

The research group consists of material researchers, textile designers, sustainability science skills, legislative and communications professionals and digital technology experts.

Consortium principal investigator

Prominent career with sustainability in business with current focus on sustainable business models and collaborative sustainability innovation. Frequent advisor and speaker in corporate fora and media, advises the Finnish Parliament as a member of the National Sustainable Development Panel.
Extensive industrial and academic career with a major focus in man-made cellulosic fibres. Leads the Ioncell team at Aalto.

deputy principal investigator

Strong competence in design research and in design-driven multidisciplinary collaboration, with experience from the textile and fashion industries. Director of the Fashion/Textile FUTURES research group in Aalto and is one of the leading researchers in the field of sustainable fashion globally.

Solid background in industrial and academic sustainability work. Expertise in sustainability strategies, life cycle approaches and the practical applicability of circular economy business models. Special interest areas cover transparency, digitalization, stakeholder dialogue and sustainability risk management.

Expertise in ecosystems and partnerships for sustainable development, circular economy governance as well as institutional change processes during sustainability transitions.
Expertise in socio-cognitive aspects of sustainability management and circular economy. In Finix, Jarkko focuses on sustainability implications of new materials, technologies and practices, especially in developing countries.

Expertise in software engineering, systems engineering and data management, as well as digital transformation in industrial setting.

Dr. Kirsti Cura

Interest research and applications areas are materials technology, especially plastics and textiles, towards circular economy.

Areas of specialization: transition to sustainability, legal innovations, proactive law and proactive contracting, empirical research regarding contracting, value chain management, corporate social responsibility and legislative and regulatory research.

Sini Suomalainen

Interaction coordinator

Experience in communications, impact facilitation and messaging. Her focus areas are sustainability in business, science communications and change-making.

Mikko Myllykoski

Managing Director of Heureka Science Center. 

Academic Partners

Academic mobility hosts

Partner Organisations

Interested in joining the revolution?

Please contact

Sini Suomalainen
Interaction coordinator