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What Lenzing’s New Tencel Fiber Offers Denim

Rivet’s 2021 winter issue has dropped! This in-depth issue examines the steps the global denim industry is taking to minimize its impact on the environment, from implementing zero waste production and design processes to establishing greenhouse gas emissions goals aligned with the Paris Agreement.

The Lenzing Group is expanding its sustainable offering for the denim industry with the introduction of matte Tencel branded lyocell fibers.

The new fiber type is specially designed to scatter light and permanently diminish sheen in denim applications, further enabling versatile, indigo-dyed denim fabrics.

“As a leader in fiber production, we work closely with our customers and mill partners to address their product needs,” said Tricia Carey, director of global business development for denim and the Americas for Lenzing AG. “Our partners wanted the option to choose denim fabrics that are less shiny and we listened. By implementing an innovative production process to create matte Tencel lyocell fibers, we are setting a new standard for indigo applications.”

The Lenzing Group is expanding its sustainable offering in denim with the introduction of matte Tencel branded lyocell fibers.
Matte Tencel lyocel fabric Courtesy

By combining functionality with aesthetics, Carey said the introduction of matte Tencel lyocell fibers increases versatility in denim designs while reducing the ecological footprint of the resulting fabric and garment. Made with a resource-efficient closed-loop production process, the new fiber type maintains all the comfort benefits of standard Tencel lyocell fibers to offer next-to-skin smoothness while giving dark indigo-dyed fabrics a deep and lusterless appearance, she noted.

The Lenzing Group is expanding its sustainable offering in denim with the introduction of matte Tencel branded lyocell fibers.
Matte Tencel lyocel kipas pants, wit fiber. Courtesy

In collaboration with global mill partners Advance Denim from China, Pakistan’s Artistic Fabric Mills Pvt. Ltd., Arvind Limited and KG Denim Limited from India, Turkey’s Kipas Denim, Panther Denim/ Tat Fung from China and Spain’s Textil Santanderina, Lenzing is launching the new matte Tencel branded lyocell fibers at the Kingpins Digital Show.

Lenzing takes full accountability of its production processes by providing physical identification for every Tencel branded fiber with its fiber identification technology. The new matte Tencel lyocell fibers are fully traceable using this technology, assuring brands and consumers that the raw materials it uses originate from responsible resources.

Carey said in the long run, this will help improve the overall sustainability of the denim industry thanks to informed decision-making.