Categorie : Principles

The Future of Apparel: Sustainable Vegan Fashion by Umasan

IFB_umasannterview in online-magazine „Eigenwerk“ with Anja and Sandra Umann, founders of the Berlin-based Eco- and Vegan-Fashion label Umasan. Umasan only works with both sustainable and vegan raw materials and fibers, amongst them TENCEL®. Find the whole Umasan-interview (German only) on:

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MILCH at Modepalast Linz

Vienna based fashion label MILCH (we presented them with their fashion project to „upcycle“ used TENCEL® shirts into new fashion) presented themselves last weekend at Modepalast Linz/Austria / April 4th-6th at Kulturquartier OK-Platz. Andreas Guertler and Christina Kreuzwieser from Lenzing made use of this opportunity to go there and get some impressions with them.

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Crossing Fashion Sustainable Sri Lanka 2013

Crossing Fashion is a project dedicated to cultural exchange at the textile level. Fashion design transports many cultural aspects and endorses intercultural dialogue. In 2013, the project went to Sri Lanka. At last year´s project workshop organized together with the design-academy Colombo, three Austrian fashion designers came to Colombo bringing innovative Austrian textiles/fabrics from Austria with them such as loden, linen and TENCEL®.


Social and Community Involvement

In its charitable and sponsoring activities, the Lenzing Group expresses a clear commitment to long-term partnerships and continuity.

Once an agreement is made, the Lenzing Group makes sure that its partners can rely on its support. In return, Lenzing expects the money it donates to be used for the intended purpose and as effectively as possible so the support really arrives where it is needed. Lenzing follows a clear-cut course in these activities. Financial assistance is supposed to benefit a community; individuals are given aid only in exceptional cases. Lenzing does not support political parties or political clubs or organizations with ethically inacceptable values or unclear goals either directly or indirectly. At least EUR 500,000 is spent annually on donations and sponsoring. The Group’s social and community involvement is geared to the regional and cultural conditions on-site.


Parental Leave

The Lenzing Group enables its employees to take advantage of parental leave in all regions where it is part of government benefits.

This offer is equally available to male and female employees. The site in Lenzing is an example showing that both genders really do take advantage of parental leave and that this is supported by the company. 25% of employees granted parental leave in the year under report were men, a figure that would have been unthinkable even a few years ago.


Policy for Safety, Health and Environment

Responsibility for people: it is our policy to provide a workplace free from accidents, injuries and with minimized exposure to hazardous chemicals. Each individual has a responsibility to act safely. We train and motivate employees to conduct their activities in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Line management is responsible for maintaining an awareness of safe working practices. We promote a safe and healthy lifestyle. We acknowledge our responsibility to protect our employees, customers, business partners and visitors from dangers arising in connection with natural disasters, accidents and intentional attacks.

Responsibility for the environment: We apply environmentally sensitive processes to ensure that the environment is a place worth living for future generations. Reducing our impact on the environment is a top priority and a never ending process of continuous improvement. We respect the environment in everything we do. We are considerate in our use of resources. We create opportunities by facing environmental challenges. We respond to stakeholder concerns regarding SHE and address them proactively in our operations.

Responsible operation: All our activities comply with the applicable laws and regulations in each of the countries in which we do business. We work according to international standards and benchmarks. We continually review our objectives and set targets to improve our SHE performance. We supply and use safe and reliable products and services. We integrate SHE evaluation into product design and process improvement. We are committed to a comprehensive safety and security policy in order to prevent damage occurring to our tangible and intangible assets.

Responsibility for prosperity: We are leaders in fiber innovation. We are technology leaders in our core business. We add value in all our activities and for all stakeholders. We focus on long-term sustainable growth. Through our strengths in innovation and technology leadership, we provide our customers with high-quality products and services with which they can successfully differentiate themselves in their markets.


Corporate Culture

Shared values make up a big part of Lenzing’s identity: That is why certain principles and guidelines were summarized several years ago in the “Lenzing Principles” and declared binding on all employees and managers: economic value generation, entrepreneurial spirit, accountability and openness and integrity.

Responsibility for People

The employees provide the most important potential for the Lenzing Group. They are the source of all ideas, suggestions and initiatives for the success of the Group.

With the competition for creative and capable employees becoming ever fiercer, it is vital for a company to be an attractive employer. That is why Lenzing promotes the development of its employees. Lenzing wants a work environment that is motivating and challenging, one that contributes to further development and personal well-being. In recent years, the Lenzing Group has gone from being an Austrian company with subsidiaries in various countries to being an internationally active corporate group with production and distribution locations in the key economic regions of the world. One secret to Lenzing’s success has been this connection between the traditional values of an Austrian company in business for over seven decades and those of a modern and dynamic international industrial group geared to grow.


Can Bamboo or Hemp be Used for the Raw Material?

So far a question we received today (and we promised to answer this question right away here and on Facebook): Using pulp from bamboo to our knowledge should be feasible. With regard to hemp, we unfortunately would have to consult our “experts”. However, Lenzing uses the pulp from eucalyptus trees as the basic resource for TENCEL® – for some good reasons: As Lenzing takes care of sustainable and environmentally responsible farming, the eucalyptus tree-farms used for our fibers suit the best. Not only because our technical experience works the best with pulp from eucalyptus trees, but also because through our long cooperation with the selected eucalyptus-tree farms we can be sure our principles of an eco-friendly handling without exploiting the soil or the eucalyptus trees are followed. Besides, feel welcome to find more information on:

Sustainability Through Innovation – Lenzing Modal® with Edelweiss Technology

The cellulose fiber Lenzing Modal® has been manufactured from the renewable raw material beech wood at the Lenzing specialty site utilizing integrated process management for many years. The fiber is extremely soft and highly absorbent, giving it excellent wearing properties. The latest innovation involving Lenzing Modal® is called Edelweiss. The advantages of this technology come in the form of reduced environmental impacts, the optimum use of raw materials as well as improved cost advantages. The facility in Lenzing uses a very high proportion of renewable energy and biogenic fuels to produce these fibers which are manufactured using a modified viscose process. As a result, the fiber is CO2 neutral when it leaves the plant and thus represents another step towards a “low carbon economy”, an objective set by the EU in various strategy papers. In addition, the company dispenses with the use of chlorine compounds throughout the process chain, using oxygen-based chemicals for bleaching instead.Lenzing Modal® fibers made with Edelweiss technology, therefore, offer substantial ecological advantages over other major textile fibers. Lenzing Modal® fares well in a comparison with cotton, using much less water and no environmentally poisonous agricultural chemicals at all for cultivation. It also has a smaller CO2 footprint than cotton. The major advantage Lenzing Modal® fibers have over polyester is that they are based on renewable raw materials. This fact provides the customer with an ecological differentiation.