News keep coming from Lenzing which, after presenting the revolutionary TENCEL™ fibre – a completely sustainable solution that makes it possible to make a shoe using only its fibres derived from wood cellulose, now launches TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™.
It is the result of two innovative solutions involving wood and cotton. The wood pulp used in TENCEL™ Lyocell is a renewable raw material deriving from sustainably managed forests. To which is added cotton waste or recycled cotton that allows to lighten the waste flow, as well as to replace part of the necessary wood pulp, thus reducing the amount of virgin raw materials used.
REFIBRA™ is produced in a closed cycle system; the capture rate of the solvents used to work wood and cotton fibres is 99.7%, which are reused over and over again; the only elements produced by the cycle are REFIBRA and water, whose use is reduced by 95% compared to the standard production of cotton fabrics; it does not pollute air, nor soil, nor water.
Incredible numbers that can considerably reduce the fashion impact on the environment. Consider that every year in the world 48 million tons of fabrics become waste and 73% of this amount of material ends up in landfills or incinerated. Without considering what happens in the production phase of these same fabrics: an enormous consumption of water and waste resulting from the cutting phase, ranging from 10 to 30% of the initial piece of fabric, that gets thrown away.
The aim of REFIBRA™ is precisely that of reusing that production waste keeping the fabrics already in circulation as long as possible.