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TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers with REFIBRA™ technology

Objective

Lenzings contribution to drive circular economy solutions in the textile industry.

Overview

Pioneering REFIBRA™ technology uses a substational portion of cotton scraps and the closed loop fiber production process to produce new virgin TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ lyocell fibers. REFIBRA™ use innovative special identification technology to confirm fiber origin and improve supply chain transparency

Manufacturing Process

Chemical cotton recycling.

Manufacturing Location

Austria

Fiber Production 2016/17 (MT)

capacity of several 1000 tons

Growth in production (2015/16 - 2016/17)

400%

Market Share of Total Cotton Grown (2016/17)

No data

Projected growth in production

Follow the market (up to several thousand tons)

Yield (see accompanying “TE Position” notes)

N/A

Rainfed/ Irrigated

N/A

Water Management

N/A

Soil Fertility

N/A

Biodiversity

N/A

GMOs Permitted?

Potential for GMOs to enter supply chains through feedstock as a result of over 80% conventional cotton being genetically modified.

Use of Hazardous Pesticides

N/A

Use of Synthetic Fertilizer

N/A

LCA available?

in progress

Water Consumption (m3/ 1000kg fiber*) or best practices used to conserve water

minimal due to closed loop fiber production process

Primary Energy Demand MJ /1000 kg fiber *

No current data

Global Warming (kg of CO2-eq/ 1000kg fiber*)

No current data

Eutrophication (kg of phosphate-eq/ 1000 kg fiber *)

N/A

Social considerations / regulations

Potential for GMOs to enter supply chains through feedstock as a result of over 80% conventional cotton being genetically modified.

Verification / Certification (farm level)

N/A

Chain of Custody (supply chain)

N/A

Product marketing/labeling

TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ at POS and through supply chain

Consumer recognition

Messaging via hangtags, website, social media, POS

Livelihoods

N/A

Product marketing/labeling

Competitive considering high innovation degree

Quality perception/ implications

quality and performance proven as the same high level as TENCEL™ lyocell fibers made from virgin material
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