Metsä Spring Ltd.
Kuura, Next-gen wool, Next-gen fur, Alternative wool, Alternative fur, Sustainable Wool, Sustainable Fur.
Material Name: 

Kuura

Biomimicry: 

Wool, Fur

Main Input: 

Plant-derived

Founded: 

2018

HQ: 

Finland

TRL: 

4

Founder(s): 

N/A

Website: 
About the Company

Metsä Spring Ltd. is an innovation company investing in wood-based, circular economy start-ups. Parent company Metsäliitto Cooperative is owned and managed by 100,000 Finnish forest owners. Metsa Group specializes in wood bioproducts. Metsä Spring seeks and develops new business ideas, domestically and internationally, that further develop the business ecosystem around Metsä Group.

Material

Kuura is a responsibly-sourced cellulosic fiber made out of pine and spruce from certified Finnish forests grown in harsh Nordic conditions. It is sustainably managed by local families. Among MII’s categories, Kuura can be classified as next-gen wool and next-gen fur, depending on the application it will be used for.

Technology

Kuura textile fiber is produced in Äänekoski, Finland, at Metsä Spring and Itochu’s jointly-owned demo plant. The joint demo phase project, which is built around the Äänekoski demo plant, aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a novel production process and textile fiber product, from both a technical and economic standpoint. The demo phase began in late 2020 and it is estimated to last approximately two years.

Applications

Fashion, Home Goods.

Brand Partnerships

None currently known.

Kuura, Next-gen wool, Next-gen fur, Alternative wool, Alternative fur, Sustainable Wool, Sustainable Fur.

Kuura, Next-gen wool, Next-gen fur, Alternative wool, Alternative fur, Sustainable Wool, Sustainable Fur.

Kuura, Next-gen wool, Next-gen fur, Alternative wool, Alternative fur, Sustainable Wool, Sustainable Fur.

Images Credits: Kuura.

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