Project name:

GRETE Project EU

Feedstock origin:

Forest management


The GRETE project will improve the existing wood-to-textile value chains by developing breakthrough technologies that can open up the identified bottlenecks and enable increased production of man-made cellulose fibres in Europe. The GRETE initiative aims to improve the existing textile value chain by using a new raw material based on standard paper grade pulps, implementing novel green technologies based on ionic liquid (IL) chemicals and recovery process for cellulose dissolution with novel post- modification process, in order to obtain novel regenerated man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF) with improved technical properties. GRETE is an European initiative co-financed by the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and the European Commission via the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) programme.


widen the sustainable raw material basis for man-made cellulose fibres

increase safety, sustainability and feasibility of man-made cellulose fibre manufacturing

enable the creation of a water-scarce end to the textile manufacturing value chain, opening up to fibres with novel functional properties and the possibility for targeted and water-scarce finishing treatments


develop a more resource efficient and sustainable low carbon economy

increase economic growth and employment, by developing sustainable and competitive bio-based industries in Europe based on advanced biorefineries that source their biomass sustainably

re-introduce extensive man-made cellulosic fibre manufacturing in Europe

enlarge the product portfolio and business opportunities for the pulp industry

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