New production technology allows the forestry and textile industry to replace fossil-based materials with renewable materials.
Andrea Montano Montes, Master of Ceremonies at the Nobel Prize banquet 2018, will be wearing an evening gown entirely made of Swedish paper, which among others comes from Nordic Paper. The dress’ new unique fabric is the result of a new innovative production technique that uses renewable materials to produce a better and more environmentally friendly fabric. The Swedish company Fabric Forest is the manufacture of the evening gown and announced the news at the end of last week.

Previously, paper from Nordic Paper has been used in pilot projects where clothes made of paper have been worn succesfully. That Fabric Forest now produced a dress entirely made of paper is huge success also for paper manufactures.

- It is absolutely amazing that a dress made of paper is visible in this context and type of event. We believe that this is a big step in the right direction for the sustainable development and the future, which is also a priority for us and high on our agenda, says Marie Stenquist, Director of Communications/PR at Nordic Paper.

Last week Fabric Forest, part of Svensk Konstsilke AB (SKS), announced that they produced a dress entirely made of Swedish paper from Swedish forest for this year’s Nobel banquet. The dress made of this revolutionary new fabric is designed by Karolina Nilsson, will be worn by Andrea Montano Montes, marshal of the banquet and toxicology student at Karolinska Institutet.

The new process for making fabric addresses one of the most challenging environmental issues of our time – the environmental impact from the constantly growing textile industry. Fabric Forest exemplifies this by explaining that on average about 10 000 liters of water is required to produce a kilo of cotton. In India, where more than 100 millions of people do not have access to clean water, cotton production uses enough water to supply 85 percent of the country's people with 100 liters of water every day for a year.

- As one of several companies, Nordic Paper has participated in a three-year project to develop fabrics from paper. For us this is about thinking outside the box and to see potential customers and new areas of usage for our paper. This, along with other engagements, is a way to ensure that Nordic Paper will continue to be a leading company also in the future, says C-G Salomonsson, Technical Support Manager.