Timberland has launched its Comfort from Nature collection featuring fabrics made from soft, recycled cotton and wood pulp from Lenzing’s Tencel lyocell fibers with Refibra technology.
Timberland noted that the collection is made of lightweight durable fabric that is breathable to help keep wearers dry and cool. Plus, it’s made with only renewable and recycled materials from Tencel x Refibra, which uses upcycled cotton scraps from various garment productions.
The fiber starts with wood pulp from eucalyptus trees, a renewable raw material that comes from sustainably managed forests. The wood pulp is then converted to fibers that are combined with excess cotton from manufacturing that would have gone to waste.
The combined raw material is transformed to produce virgin Tencel lyocell fibers to make the fabric and then the garment. The result is Comfort From Nature, a collection using 95 percent less water than traditional cotton fabric.
Comfort From Nature features hoodies, T-shirts, and sweatpants in taupe, wheat and black for women and men. Priced under $100, the Comfort From Nature collection is available now to shop via the Timberland.com website.
In May, Lenzing brought its Refibra technology to the public sector for the first time, joining with Belgium-based UTEXBEL, a vertically integrated textile company that specializes in protective wear and workwear fabrics, to provide uniforms for security employees of the Belgian Federal Public Service for Justice (FPS Justice). Using Tencel-branded fibers with Refibra technology and recycled polyester, the collaboration with Lenzing will enable UTEXBEL to provide 80,000 prison personnel shirts for FPS Justice security guards.
Tencel x Refibra fibers are identifiable in yarns, fabrics and final garments thanks to Lenzing’s fiber identification technology that allows for full traceability of the fiber and is designed to confirm fiber origin, adding to the final product’s supply chain transparency.
Last year, Lenzing expanded its carbon-zero Tencel branded fibers to Refibra technology to address the growing industry demand around circular fashion and carbon neutrality. The carbon zero Tencel-branded lyocell and modal fibers are produced using renewable energy, which contributes to lower carbon emissions and energy consumption across the supply chain, according to Lenzing. This means the emissions associated with the fibers’ production, manufacturing and distribution have been calculated and reduced through engagement with industry partners wherever possible and offset where not.