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Lenzing Expands Carbon-Zero Tencel Fibers to Refibra

As Lenzing celebrates the first anniversary of the launch of carbon-zero Tencel branded fibers, the company is expanding these sustainable inputs to Refibra technology to address the growing industry demand around circular fashion and carbon neutrality.

The first carbon-zero Tencel branded lyocell and modal fibers, which launched last year, have continued to gain momentum among industry partners, including fashion brands and mills. 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.

Now, the broadened reach into Refibra, made using partially recycled fibers, helps give fashion brands the ability to meet carbon reduction targets while enabling consumers to enjoy sustainable products. It also reinforces Lenzing’s commitment to achieving net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

This pioneering Refibra technology involves upcycling cotton scraps from garment production and transforming them into cotton pulp. The cotton pulp is then added to sustainably sourced wood pulp to produce virgin Tencel lyocell fibers. This innovation reinforces Lenzing’s ongoing effort to the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative and support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to limit global warming.

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“Although more supply chain partners, brands and retailers are proactively searching for ways to reduce carbon emissions to align with the United Nation’s global climate goals, the textile industry still has a long journey ahead to reach its goal of carbon-zero status,” Florian Heubrandner, vice president of the global textiles business at Lenzing, said. “We hope that, by sharing our latest innovations such as the carbon-zero Tencel branded fibers with Refibra technology, we can make carbon-zero initiatives mainstream practices, ultimately achieving a carbon neutral textile industry.”

Jack & Jones, a denim brand and a long-time partner of Lenzing, has been championing sustainability with its low-environmental impact products. This is echoed in the brand’s latest range of jeans made with 38 percent carbon-zero Tencel lyocell fibers.

“The Jack & Jones team is delighted to partner with Tencel to bring to life more sustainable products that are also comfortable and of high quality, showcasing our unwavering commitment to enhancing sustainability in the fashion world,” said Mikkel Hochrein Albrektsen, creative buying manager of Jack & Jones.

In addition, Lenzing is expanding its collaboration with fashion brands across the globe to integrate carbon-zero Tencel fibers in their latest collections. From leading Chinese lingerie brand Aimer, Chinese premium home textile brand Luolai, German fashion label Armedangels, Danish clothing label Selected Femme, Korean fashion brand Cozynet and Portuguese premium fabric producer and intimate brand Impetus to U.S.-based home furnishings retailer West Elm, companies across the fashion and home segments are actively reviewing their raw material usage to go carbon-zero.

Through a “reduce-engage-offset” approach, Lenzing is also working closely with supply chain partners such as Al Karam, Calik, Samil and WTS to innovate raw material usage and technologies to bring new sustainable fiber types to the textile market.

“As a textile producer, it is our responsibility to enhance sustainability in the textile industry,” said Luis Antonio Aspillaga, CEO of WTS (World Textile Sourcing). “We are proud to collaborate with Lenzing and offer eco-friendly products which uses carbon-zero Tencel fibers, thus contributing to the well-being and protection of our planet.”

Moving forward, Lenzing will continue to work with industry partners to reduce the product’s carbon footprint and offset unavoidable emissions to ultimately drive decarbonization in the textile industry.