Categorie : The raw Material

TENCEL® in all „armedangels“ Tropicana-Styles

tencelgeneralnew1Eco-friendly label armedangels uses TENCEL® for all its Tropicana-style summer-collections. Besides their blog-entry on utopia.de presents a good and nice description of how TENCEL® is made: From renewable, FSC-certified wood, with no toxic chemicals and solvents used in the production process, it can be completely recovered and used again.

Link to Blog Article

 

Today: Day of the Forest

March 21st is the international day of the forest: first proclaimed at the end of the 1970ties by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in reaction to the death of the forests back then, the day of Lenzing fibers´ most essential natural resource is now celebrated annually. On this day Austria also proclaims the “tree of the year”, this year the European larch. Good news from Austria for all joining the celebration of this day: Austria´s forest is growing and growing, forests are covering 47% of the country – 2/3 more than by international comparison.

Foam-Plastic producer Eurofoam Licenses “cellpur” in Turkey

Kremsmuenster, Austria based foam-plastic producer “Euroofoam” has sold its first license for its new material “cellpur” to the Turkish company Safas. “cellpur”, a worldwide unique comfort-foam plastic, was developed in close cooperation with Lenzing.

Lingerie Made From Wood

„And here comes an ensemble from our latest wood-collection which is very compelling due to the highest wear-comfort and elegance…” What might, at first sight, appear to be a pretty bizarre introduction for a fashion-show can simply be the truth. Because there is more you can do with wood apart from sawing it up – you can also process the cellulose contained in the wood to a fiber…” This is how an article begins on www.aid.de-forum, explaining clearly and comprehensively the process of how “wood” is transformed into fibers (unfortunately only in German).

TENCEL® – The New Age Fiber

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New video showing TENCEL® production process on http://media.lenzing.com

FTC Fights Bamboo-zaling

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a new publication entitled “Avoid Bamboozling Your Customers” to help businesses sell products labeled as bamboo in a truthful way. (Find it at ftc.gov.) It follows FTC action charging four sellers of textile products with deceptively labeling and advertising items as made of bamboo fiber when they are made of rayon. On Aug. 11, 2009, the FTC website reported, “The complaints also charge the companies with making false and unsubstantiated ‘green’ claims that their clothing and textile products are manufactured using an environmentally friendly process, that they retain the natural antimicrobial properties of the bamboo plant, and that they are biodgradable. Rayon is a man-made fiber created from the cellulose found in plants and trees and processed with a harsh chemical that releases hazardous air pollutants…The rayon manufacturing process, which involves dissolving the plant source in harsh chemicals, eliminates any such natural properties of the bamboo plant…These products are not biodegradable because they will not break down in a reasonably short time after customary disposal.”

Three companies charged settled the FTC’s complaints, agreeing to stop the false claims and abide by FTC regulations. Litigation continues against the fourth.

For those questioning if this affects Lenzing eco-friendly cellulose fiber, please note that Lenzing’s sustainable sourcing and production process protects them from such actions by the FTC. For detailed information on Lenzing Modal® visit modal.at/index.php?id=1&L=1; for Tencel®, tencel.at/index.php?id=38&L=1.

Source: LDB Interior – September Issue

Messe Frankfurt selects Lenzing fibers

tencel_bagFor several seasons Messe Frankfurt in the US have used a TENCEL® stitchbond nonwoven eco-bag for Texworld USA.
Now Messe Frankfurt Hong Kong have specially selected a bag made from TENCEL® and Lenzing Viscose® spunlace for the upcoming Interstoff Asia show in Hong Kong. The fabric and bag are made in China using a blend of TENCEL® Lenzing Viscose®.

The bag will be given to the show’s VIP guests and will contain the Interstoff Autumn-Winter 2010-2011 trends and colour direction pack as well as an information sheet highlighting the key features.

Messe Frankfurt were impressed by the strength, softness and smoothness of the spunlace fabric allowing high definition printing. Further as a responsible organisation, for Messe Frankfurt a critical factor was the choice of raw material and production control by Lenzing and the biodegradability of TENCEL® and Lenzing Viscose®.

Hefel-quilts cover guests in luxury hotels.

The newspaper OÖNachrichten reports today that the Austrian quilt producer Hefel delivers quilts to luxury hotels as far away as in Dubai.

“Together with us Lenzing launched TENCEL® – at that time called Lyocell – as a fiber for quilts on the global market .” Dieter Hefel –  chief executive – is glad to comment

Read full article on nachrichten.at

Botanic principle and Lenzing Fibers

botanic_blog-img.jpgPhotosynthesis – which constitutes the basic botanic principle – is the basis of Lenzing Modal® and TENCEL®. Lenzing fibers are extracted from plants which convert the carbon dioxide and water in wood into pure oxygen by means of photosynthesis. In addition, the water management of the plants and the mechanisms of closed loop processes and sustainability play an important role in Nature and at Lenzing.

The botanic concept of Lenzing dwells on the raw materials used. Thus Lenzing Modal® is extracted from beech wood and TENCEL® from eucalyptus. The beech tree is known as the „Mother of the Forest“ and is a veritable soil enhancer. Beech trees grow in Northern and Central Europe where they characterize the landscape of these regions. Beech groves are an important habitat and home to a wide variety of different animals. What makes the beech tree unique is that it breeds naturally and can survive without the need for artificial irrigation.

The production process for Lenzing Modal® is optimized and circuits or cycles are put to the best possible use. The unique thing about the production of Lenzing Modal® is the absolute integration. The pulp is made by Lenzing itself and is responsible for the high quality of the fiber. In addition valuable by-products are extracted from the process such as acetic acid, sweetener and sodium sulfate for the production of glass.

Eucalyptus is used for the production of TENCEL®. Eucalyptus is a tree which grows very quickly and is planted in so-called „wood farms“ for industrial use. There is no artificial irrigation or gene manipulation and no pesticides are used. TENCEL® represents an alternative to cotton. The special properties – TENCEL® has the strongest tenacity profile of all the cellulose fibers – and the low use of water and land all make TENCEL® an eco-fiber. Thus on a piece of land covering 6m² one t-shirt can be made of conventional cotton in contrast to ten of TENCEL®. Moreover, the water consumption when producing TENCEL®, including the pulp, is up to 100 times lower than with conventional cotton.

And finally the last botanic principle is the cycle. Lenzing fibers come from Nature and return to Nature since they are bio-degradable.

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