Lenzing, Fibre producer to achieve the next milestone in its sustainability journey by offering eco-friendly viscose fibre called EcoVero with the lowest environmental impact in the industry as the environmental awareness of consumers has been growing steadily over the last decade, more recently in the fashion and textile industry.
The new fibres will be launched at the global textile trade shows from this autumn onwards. Right now, the sampling phase has started and special customers are developing products using EcoVerofibres. Textile consumption is expected to double by 2025, and the industry is anxiously looking for more sustainable solutions with minimal ecofootprint. Achieving low environmental impact requires developing eco friendly raw materials and a sustainable manufacturing process, the Austrian company said.
Lenzing says it is addressing this unmet market need for more sustainable viscose by launching EcoVerofibres that set a new industry standard in sustainable viscose based on three pillars: The use of sustainable wood sources (FSC or PEFC certified), an ecological production process (significantly lower emissions and water impact than conventional viscose), and full supply chain transparency by identifying EcoVerofibres in the final product.
EcoVerofibres are made from wood, a natural and renewable raw material which, according to Lenzing comes from sustainable forestry plantations that are certified by industry-leading associations such as FSC. Lenzing has a comprehensive woodsourcing policy that it says “goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the most sustainable wood sources are used for viscose production.”
Lenzing says it enforces strict environmental standards during viscose production and has invested millions over the years to achieve an eco-friendly production process. For example, Lenzing’s viscose production sites where EcoVerofibres are produced comply with the stringent guidelines of the EU Eco Label, a worldleading environmental manufacturing standard, the company adds.
The EU Eco Label is a sign of environmental excellence and is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their lifecycles: From raw material extraction to production, distribution and disposal. In addition, Lenzing says, its flagship viscose production site in Austria uses a significant amount of renewable bio-energy in the manufacturing process.
Lenzing is keen to emphasize EcoVero’s transparent supply chain. With EcoVerofibres, Lenzing launches one of the most environmentally friendly viscose fibres. A special manufacturing system enables them to identify EcoVerofibres in the final product, long after the textile processing and conversion steps. Thus, retailers and brands are fully assured that they are indeed incorporating the ecofriendly viscose, and not a generic market viscose.
With this special identification technology for EcoVerofibres, they are supporting the trend in the fashion industry towards greater transparency. It is becoming increasingly important to know where the products come from and which path they have covered, said Robert van de Kerkhof, Chief Commercial Officer.
EcoVerofibres offer an extensive marketing service package and are part of Lenzing’s Branding & Licensing Programme. Fabrics containing EcoVerofibres can be certified at the company’s in-house certification centres in Europe and Asia