World Textile Sourcing (WTS) and Lenzing want to take their decade-long partnership to another level in an effort to inch closer toward carbon neutral. Starting October 2021, WTS will be the first mill partner in the Americas to work with Lenzing to use carbon-zero TENCEL™ branded Lyocell and modal fibers, as well as TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers with REFIBRA™ technology.
The collaboration comes as consumers are increasingly asking for more transparency in textile production’s raw materials. With their partnership, WTS and Lenzing aim to not just stay ahead of the curve, but accelerate the decarbonization of the textile industry and help mitigate climate change.
Lenzing is a pioneer in the textile industry when it comes to sustainability and innovation. It is the first wood-based fiber manufacturer to join the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, and since then has committed to becoming fully carbon neutral by 2050. Lenzing’s carbon-zero TENCEL™ fibers are a crucial step to curb carbon emissions and reach that goal.
“As a textile producer, it is our responsibility to enhance sustainability in the textile industry,” said Luis Antonio Aspillaga, CEO of WTS. “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.”
From the start, Lenzing reduces carbon-zero TENCEL™ fibers’ carbon footprint as much as possible. The fibers originate from renewable wood sources and are produced using renewable energy. As a result, the process reduces carbon usage by 65 to 80 percent compared to conventional TENCEL™ fiber production. In addition, the fibers are 100-percent biodegradable.
Carbon emissions are measured throughout the supply chain until the fibers are delivered to WTS’s yarn spinner in Peru. Lenzing then offsets the remaining carbon footprint by supporting verified global carbon reduction projects. The carbon-zero fibers are certified as CarbonNeutral® products based on The CarbonNeutral Protocol by Natural Capital Partners.
Headquartered in the U.S., WTS is the largest manufacturer and importer of Peruvian apparel to the market, but its advantages in the apparel industry come from its vertical, transparent operation. WTS works with 15 partner factories offering a fully vertical supply chain and produces complete package knit garments for men’s, women’s and children’s wear. The company can manufacture more than 2 million garments per month and offers design and product development expertise, fabric innovation and personalized customer service for all its clients.
The business’s commitment to sustainability is rooted in the origins of sustainable textile production in Peru. Some of WTS’s specializations include knit productions with organic and Pima cotton, fibers from wood pulp derived from a sustainable wood source (TENCEL™ branded Modal and Lyocell fibers), recycled fibers (TENCEL™ Lyocell with REFIBRA™ technology, and REPREVE), smart fibers and eco-friendly dyes.
WTS hopes that its partnership with Lenzing to use carbon-zero TENCEL™ fibers will jumpstart this decarbonization. Using carbon-zero TENCEL™ branded fibers guarantees a lower carbon footprint in fiber production. The textile sourcing company will focus on reducing the ecological footprint of the finished fabric process in its factories. The firm is currently working on additional efforts to improve the dyeing process to require less water and is moving to other advanced techniques such as digital printing to avoid the dyeing stage altogether.
Benefitting the end consumer, the collaboration can still achieve its sustainability efforts while retaining the products’ quality. While carbon-zero TENCEL™ fibers have a low environmental impact, the fibers have the same properties as Lenzing’s conventional TENCEL™ fibers, including softness, strength, color retention and breathability.
WTS touts additional benefits for partner brands, including nearshore production capabilities, customized services that enable orders of different batch sizes, quick-turn manufacturing that can enhance speed to market, 3D design and printing capabilities, a Miami warehouse that hosts up to 1 million pieces, and WRAP-certified facilities. WTS is also compatible with free on board (FOB) and delivery duty paid (DDP) delivery, and ships product for brand partners duty-free. They have offices in Lima, Peru, and New York City.
WTS and Lenzing will host a webinar later this month to discuss these innovative developments. The date and time will be shared shortly.
Learn more about World Textile Sourcing (WTS) here.