Categorie : Water Management

Lenzing Group Receives the Energy Globe Award Upper Austria 2012

Second rank at the Energy Globe Award Upper Austria 2012 in the category „Earth“ – that´s the reward for Lenzing for its careful and sustainable way of working with this planet´s resources. „Optimizing the ecological footprint of our products is a crucial element of our company´s philosophy“ says Lenzing board-member Peter Untersperger. In particular Lenzing was able to convince the jury with its project „Lenzing Modal® Edelweiss“. The fiber, produced at location in Lenzing, fulfills the highest ecological requirements speaking in terms of sustainibility.

Lenzing has now become a member of the SFBC as of 2010

The Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC) is a group of companies based in Hong Kong in the textile and apparel sector committed to promoting and increasing the use of sustainable practices across the fashion supply chain.

Faced with the pressing issue of global warming, air and water pollution, and the increase in waste disposal pits, the SFBC has a vision to create a platform to continuously improve textile and apparel manufacturing processes and procedures throughout the supply chain in order to minimize the industry’s impact on the environment.

The SFBC was the first organization that aimed to promote environmental issues and the concept of sustainability in the textile and apparel industry in HK. With 12 founding members that are all conscious of their corporate social responsibility to the industry, the SFBC was formally founded on 22 April 2008, intentionally coinciding with Earth Day, adding an extra meaning to the launch. The SFBC has already started cooperating with different organizations to initiate demonstration projects on sustainable practices.

The SFBC will become an agent of change, initiating changes to benefit not only our industry but also the community at large.

We invite you to join with us in this new venture for a better tomorrow.

cklick here for more information on the SFBC

Research and Training meeting of the European Union funded Initial Training Network „Shaping and transformation in the engineering of polysaccharides“

Lenzing is one of 14 partners in this network of excellent institutes and companies, which is devoted to the training of young academics by their research projects. The targets of the participating organizations are to develop materials from various polysaccharides, mainly cellulose and starch. A common aim is a better understanding of the properties, functions, and techniques in the processing of polysaccharide-based materials. Lenzing is contributing by hosting a PhD study on „The role of water in cellulose fiber structure“.

A total of 67 participants from the network and beyond attended the first annual meeting of the project, organized by the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany. There were presentations of 12 lectures and 9 posters. There were also 6 training sessions from Visiting Scientists and Invited Speakers.

Further information and presentation materials are available here:

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.

TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal® come from Nature and botanic principles are used in the overall production of these fibers. Thus, there is a piece of Nature in each and every item of clothing which contains Lenzing Fibers.

„Botanic versus organic“

botanic_kreislauf1.jpg“Organic” is a term common in the textile industry as a whole. Collections of „organic“ materials sell well. In times of global warming, consumers attach importance to environmental protection.

As a manufacturer of cellulose fibers, it has been known for decades that Lenzing adheres to stringent environmental standards in its production. Its search for eco-friendly processes is also an established fact. Since Lenzing Modal® and TENCEL® are per definition not natural fibers, they cannot be called „organic“. In general only agricultural products can be termed „organic“. Lenzing Fibers are in fact extracted from wood but first of all the cellulose, from which the fiber is then extracted, has to be made.

The new botanic concept of Lenzing Fibers emphasizes the natural origin of Lenzing Modal® and TENCEL® and draws a parallel to the mechanisms of the plant world. A research project planned with the Viennese Institute for Applied Botany and Pharmacognosy will go into the botanic secret of Lenzing Modal® and TENCEL® in more detail. The aim of the research work will be to discover any leads in the plant world which are responsible for the properties of this fiber.