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Tencel Wants to Tap Into the Footwear Market

When it’s deliver-or-die, supply chains become the lifeblood of a company. To that end, the fashion industry has embraced technology to navigate today’s hyper-complicated supply chain, with myriad solutions shaping the first, middle and last mile. Call it Sourcing 2.0.

Lenzing, makers of the Lyocell fiber Tencel, plans to dig deeper into footwear.

“It all started with shoe laces,” said Marina Crnoja-Cosic, Lenzing segment manager of technical textiles, about integrating the biodegradable fiber into shoes. Austrian footwear company, Legero, is close to bringing a new shoe concept called Vios to the market, which uses laces made with Tencel for sustainability.

Legero’s sustainable development manager Stefanie Stolizka, said in a statement, “For us a partnership with Lenzing AG is a logical step on the way towards ecological responsibility since, due to our joint passion for sustainability, we are able to produce things which did not appear possible at first glance.”

Lenzing is now working toward more ways to incorporate the fiber, known for its moisture wicking and breathability qualities, into shoe uppers, sewing thread and other components. It is developing protoypes with the help of the International Shoe Competence Center of Primasens in Germany.

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