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SaXcell, an abbreviation of Saxion cellulose, is a regenerated virgin textile fibre made from chemically recycled domestic cotton waste.
Its production starts with sorting domestic cotton textile waste into an as pure as possible, well-defined waste stream. Next, the pure waste stream is ground and non-textile components like zippers, nails and buttons are removed. The result is a dry mixture of textile fibres with different fibre lengths. All fibre lengths, long and short, are suitable as raw material for SaXcell.
The dry mixture consists of different colours. It is chemically decoloured and made suitable for the wet spinning process. Wet spinning can be done according viscose or lyocell processes. The end product of this step is SaXcell, a regenerated cellulose fibre. The fibre can be cut to specified lengths, spun into yarns and woven or knitted into fabrics. Colouring can be done at different stages, at the fibre, yarn, or fabric.