TENCEL if often associated with lyocell (and sometimes modal).
It’s worth specifically pointing out though that TENCEL is actually a fiber brand that is part of the Lenzing Group’s (also referred to as Lenzing AG) range of fiber brands.
Below we’ve put together a comparison guide of Lenzing’s different fiber brands, including TENCEL™ fibers, VEOCEL™ fibers, LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibers, and LENZING™ fibers.
We’ve explained what each fiber brand is, the differences between each type of Lenzing fiber brand, along with other relevant information, such as who Lenzing Group are, and what features may be specific/unique to Lenzing’s fibers.
*Note – The information in this guide is paraphrased and summarized from Lenzing’s brand sites, and some other sources. For confirmation of information on Lenzing Group owned products, visit the Lenzing Group owned websites where the full and updated information will be available.
Summary – LENZING™, TENCEL™, VEOCEL™ & ECOVERO™ Fibers
Who Is Lenzing Group?
Lenzing Group (also called Lenzing AG – but, we refer to Lenzing AG as Lenzing, or Lenzing Group in this guide) is the group who owns and produces the range of Lenzing fiber brands
What Are The Different Fiber Brands Lenzing Produces?
The four main fiber brands are:
LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Fibers
What’s The Main Difference Between Each Fiber Product Brand?
– Main Differences
The main differences are how the fibers are made, what the fibers made for/what they are used for, and their properties and features.
Some of the main differences relating to these areas might be:
Generally used as fibers for textiles (they are Lenzing’s flagship brand for textiles at the moment)
Generally used as fibers for nonwovens (such as hygiene and health products)
LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Fibers
Generally made to be an eco responsible viscose fiber
Generally used as fibers for industrial applications
– Other Differences
Beyond these main differences, there’s also other individual differences.
We list some of those other differences in the guide below.
Other Notes About Lenzing Fiber Products
– Total Production
The latest data we had access to indicated that total Lenzing fiber production and TENCEL fiber production are not near the scale of production that other major fibres like polyester and cotton are at the moment.
Who Are The Lenzing Group? (Lenzing AG)
Lenzing are an international group based out of Austria
They have their own specialized and branded fiber products (Lenzing owns hundreds of patents for the innovations they are involved with), and are involved in both B2C and B2B
Lenzing have fiber production facilities in different locations around the world (most of the cellulose they use comes from their own production, and the rest sourced from reliable, long term partners)
In addition to fiber production, Lenzing is also involved in other product categories such as pulp production, and specific types of plastic manufacturing and processing (such as processing of Polyolefins and PTFE into films, tapes, laminates and fibers, and also, being a leading manufacturer of polyolefin and fluoropolymer products (linkedin.com)
Other Notes On Lenzing
Lenzing owns the patents and branding to different parts of their fiber production
Lenzing invests tens of millions of euros a year into fiber research and development, and owns testing and pilot production facilities for R&D
Lenzing owns a biorefinery that ‘produces cellulose fiber and biorefinery products, as well as bio-energy for [Lenzing’s] facilities’
Lenzing has a range of external recognitions from different ESG (environmental and social governance) rating agencies and certificate authorities. The full list of ESG rating groups and certifications can be viewed on Lenzing’s ‘External Recognition’ page.
Lenzing has a range of partnerships, including with, but not limited to, Textile Exchange, the Ellen Macarthur Foundations, World Economic Forum, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Canopy, World Resources Institute, and Higg Index.
The full history of Lenzing as a company/entity can be found on Lenzing’s ‘History’ page.
What Are The Main Lenzing Fiber Brands?
Currently there are 4 major fiber brands by Lenzing. These are:
1. TENCEL™ Fibers
2. VEOCEL™ Fibers
3. LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Fibers
4. And, LENZING™ Fibers
Each of these fiber brands include individual variations of the main fiber, and can use different technologies as well.
So, for example, there are different individual fiber variations of the TENCEL™ brand fiber, and there are different technologies used for these different individual fiber variations.
TENCEL Lyocell for example has the individual standard fiber variations, but also the REFIBRA™ technology individual variations, and also Micro technology variations.
Each individual fiber variations under each fiber brand have their own features and traits, end applications/use, and so on (and, all are available to view on Lenzing’s different brand websites)
What Are Some Specific Or Unique Features Of Lenzing Fibers?
The Type Of Fibers They Are
Lenzing’s fibers are wood based cellulose fibers (also called ‘botanic origin’ fibers).
They include viscose fibers, modal fibers, lyocell fibers and filament yarn (read more about what cellulose fibres and filaments are in this guide, and about what viscose, modal and lyocell are, and how they compare to each other in this guide)
Per Lenzing’s ‘Innovation’ page – ‘Lenzing produces wood-based cellulose fibers in great quantities. Our fibers are manufactured either by the Lyocell process, or the viscose process [and …] The Lyocell technology, [is] used to produce fibers such as TENCEL™ and VEOCEL™’
Lenzing’s ‘Partnerships’ page also indicates that the three main types of fibers they produce are ‘Lyocell, Viscose, and Modal’
Lenzing doesn’t refer to their fibers as regenerated or semi synthetic fibers specifically, but they refer to them as wood based cellulose fibers that use a closed loop solvent spinning process. So, they may unofficially fall closest to this categorisation of fibre.
What They Are Used For
The different fiber brands are used across different industries (such as textiles, nonwovens, industrial applications)
They are also used across different product types (such as fashion, home textiles, sports and outdoor wear, protection wear, cosmetic and hygiene products, high-tech applications, etc)
Lenzing specifies things such as what type of fiber each brand of fiber is (including the variations within each fiber brand), and the industries and products they might be used for on their websites though.
Lenzing considers what each fiber will be used for and the requirements of the individual fiber, and customizes each fiber for the application’s specifications
Fibers may also be blended with other fibres, or two types of fiber technology may be combined, to produce a mix of fiber traits in the end product.
Eco Friendliness & Sustainability
There is a general focus on all Lenzing fibers being eco friendly, sustainable, renewable, and resource friendly in different ways.
Some examples of the different general ways Lenzing implements sustainable aspects in their processes are:
Fibers come from wood cellulose material that is natural and renewable
99% of the wood cellulose is sourced from certified and controlled sustainable forests (most of Lenzing’s cellulose comes from their own production, and the rest from reliable, long term partners). According the the ‘Production’ page on Lenzing’s site, the wood is ‘certified or controlled according to FSC® (FSC-C041246) and / or PEFC ™ (PEFC/06-33-92)’. Preferred wood suppliers have their forestry operations certified as well. Trees in forests also absorb CO2 during their lifetime.
The pulp Lenzing procures comes from sustainable, certified production plants
Pulp and fiber production in some instances uses closed cycles for chemicals, water and energy. Used process water is purified in efficient wastewater treatment plants, and in some instances, solvents are captured and re-used.
Lenzing has several sites where they use their biorefinery concept, whereby ‘After the valuable raw materials are extracted from the wood, the rest can be used to generate thermal energy and electricity’. This means at some pulp production sites, the ‘pulp plant does not have to purchase any additional energy for pulp production’ as it can use this energy from ‘bioenergy derived from the renewable raw material wood’. Lenzing’s biorefinery produces energy, but also products and co-products from excess wood (e.g. Biorefinery products from Lenzing’s biorefinery are a valuable supply to the food industry). Lenzing explains their biorefinery process in more detail on their ‘Biorefinery’ page
REFIBRA™ technology mixes cellulose with the textile industry’s cotton scraps (pre and post consumer) to produce fibers, which is a form of circular resource use (or upcycling/repurposing)
Some Lenzing fibers are bio-degradable and compostable under different conditions, which means they can become organic matter that can be used as part of a basis for new plants to grow.
Lenzing has a set of guidelines for the main resources they use in their production processes. On their ‘Resources’ page, they explain how they try to act responsible with, and preserve resources such as wood, pulp, water, energy, and chemicals.
Lenzing has a ‘Circular Economy’ page where they outline six areas where Lenzing is trying to contribute to a circular economy. Those areas are natural circularity (natural renewable wood sourced from sustainably managed forests, made into fibers that biodegrade and compost), using resource efficient technologies that efficiently use or recover chemicals, water, energy and other resources, recycling textile waste at the pre and post consumer stages, having traceability and transparency in the supply chain, collaboration for systemic change with partners, and better waste management such as reducing waste, increasing resource efficiency, or re-using waste for things such as generating energy.
Lenzing has a ‘Decarbonization’ page where they outline their entire strategy relating to being carbon neutral by 2050. Part of this involves reducing emissions. Lenzing goes further into direct emissions, indirect emissions, and Lenzing’s contribution or solutions to address each area of their decarbonization goals, with both graphics, and tables.
On Lenzing’s ‘Sustainability Strategy’ page, they mention their three principles for sustainability are partnering with others, greening the value chain, and circularity. They also list their seven focus areas as being raw material security, water stewardship, sustainable innovations, empowering people, partnering for systemic change, enhancing community wellbeing, and contribution to climate protection. They also explain each of these principles and focus areas individually in more detail.
Lenzing has a ‘Sustainability Targets’ page where they list their sustainability targets in relation to innovations, water stewardship, raw material security, systemic change, decarbonization, and empowering people. They also outline how their goal relate to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as how they comply with Science Based Targets.
We also list some of the individual sustainability features of each specific fiber brand under each brand’s section in the guide below.
Read more about a separate analysis of the sustainability of TENCEL & Lenzing fibres in this guide.
Stages Of Production, & Product Lifecycle
Lenzing is a fiber producer and supplier.
They supply their fibers to other companies and brands, who turn them into yarns, fabrics and products.
– General Stages Of Production
For Lenzing …
Sustainably grown/managed forests supply logs that act as a wood source material
Logs (wood) are turned into wood chips
Wood chips are turned into pulp at pulp production plants (Lenzing may also outsource a small portion of pulp supply)
The pulp is processed into fiber
For other companies such as textile or fashion companies just as one industry example …
Other companies take the fiber and turn it into yarn, and then fabric
Finally, the fabric is used for it’s end application in a product
After products or fabrics containing fibers are disposed of …
Some Lenzing fibers have the ability to biodegrade and compost, and work back into nature as organic matter.
Lenzing has tried to include more circular production into their specific products, and/or their general production processes.
TENCEL Refibra technology in particular is said to have more of a circular lifecycle.
And, it might look like this (a circular lifecycle graphic available on Lenzing TENCEL page):
Sustainably grown forests produce trees and logs, which are then turned into wood chips (and pre and post consumer textile cotton scraps can be added at this point too), which leads to pulp production and combining pulp (renewable energy is used for pulp plants), which leads to fiber production (closed loop production can be used), which leads to yarn and fabrics creation, which leads to finished textiles as the end use, and then fibers in discarded textiles are biodegradable and compostable and revert back to nature in the soil.
Lenzing’s ‘Partnerships’ page also has a graphic of a production lifecycle for Lenzing fibers.
That graphic shows the main lifecycle of wood sourcing (from forests and plantations), leading to Lenzing’s biorefinery and pulp production, leading to fiber production (of lyocell, viscose and modal), leading to manufacturing steps for textiles and nonwovens separately, leading to brands and retailers, leading to consumer use and finally end of life (compostability/biodegradability, or recycling, or incineration, before leading back into wood sourcing.
What that graphic also shows though is that some wood from forests and plantations goes to external pulp suppliers before going to fiber production.
Additionally, energy and chemicals from suppliers goes to both biorefinery and pulp production, and also fiber production. And, the biorefinery and pulp production and fiber production stages also lead to biobased materials and co-products.
More Connection & Collaboration Along The Stages Of Supply & Production
There’s a focus on trying to make the stages of fiber supply and production (from the forests the wood/cellulose come from to the forming of the fibers in production facilities … along the entire value chain) more connected (and less disconnected).
Lenzing tries to connect to their customers and partners, including ‘spinners, weavers, mills, dye works and converters, but also fashion brands and retailers’ and ‘understand their needs, share insights and think ahead together’, to lead to more mutually beneficial and tailor made collaborations.
On Lenzing’s ‘Partnerships’ page, they show a graphic that shows how they work with their various partners at each stage of production, whilst meeting sustainability, social and end consumer needs goals.
Transparency Along The Supply Chain
Lenzing has a page dedicated to their transparency along the supply chain.
The four things they focus on that helps verify the origin of their fibers through the supply chain are:
1. An identification system (for TENCEL x Refibra, and also ECOVERO)
2. Downstream value chain tracking and traceability via blockchain (in cooperation with Textile Genesis)
3. Supply chain collaboration and planning
And, 4. Branding platform for fabric certification with physical hang tags (and includes an e-branding platform for partners to obtain certifications, licenses and labels)
Lenzing’s Own Lyocell, Modal & Viscose Processes
Lenzing has a ‘Technologies’ page. On this page, they explain the processes and technology they use to manufacture their fibers from raw wood cellulose material. They explain their different fiber processes (lyocell, modal and viscose) in detail, and also compare them. We list and paraphrase this information in this guide alongside information on the lyocell, modal and viscose processes in general.
Lenzing has a ‘Partnerships’ page, where they provide a graphic that shows the entire lifecycle of their lyocell, modal and viscose fibres, from sourcing, through to end of life.
Lenzing also outlines more information specifically about the viscose and lyocell processes on their ‘Innovation’ page.
According to the TENCEL brand page by Lenzing, ‘Lenzing fibers are generally manufactured in the color white’, but, technologies used such as the Eco Color technology allows the option to dye the fibers during production.
What Are The Main Differences Between Each Of The Lenzing Fiber Product Brands?
The main differences are how the fibers are made (how they are processed, produced, and ultimately made), what the fibers made for or used for, and their final fiber properties/traits.
Right now, some of these main differences might include:
Generally used as fibers for textiles (they are Lenzing’s flagship brand for textiles at the moment)
Generally used as fibers for nonwovens (a specialty fiber for body & beauty care, personal hygiene and medical applications, and other hygiene and health care products)
LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Fibers
Generally made to be an eco responsible viscose fiber with low environmental impact.
Generally used as fibers for industrial applications (to meet the needs of industry)
Beyond these main differences, some other differences are:
The individual variations of each fiber
The fiber technology used for each fiber
The structure of each fiber
The full set of sustainability benefits of each fiber
Whether the fiber is combined or blended with other fibers
Plus, other differences (which can be read at the Lenzing owned websites)
Each fiber brand and the individual fiber variations within each brand have their own unique set of sourcing and production processes, sustainability features, certifications, traits (feel, look, strength, breathability, anti-bacterial properties, and so on), biodegradability/compostability, and more.
What Is Lenzing TENCEL™?
What Are TENCEL™ Fibers?
They are fibers that are part of the TENCEL™ fiber brand from Lenzing
– TENCEL™ Lyocell
Current includes standard Lyocell fiber variations, variations of Lyocell fiber using REFIBRA technology, and variations of Lyocell fiber using Micro technology
– TENCEL™ Lyocell Filament
Currently includes the Lyocell Filament using Eco Filament technology
– TENCEL™ Modal
Currently includes variations of Modal fiber using Eco Soft technology, variations of Modal fiber using Micro technology, variations of Modal fiber using co Color technology, and variations of Modal fiber using Indigo Color technology
From organicclothing.blogs.com: ‘… a spokesman for Lenzing Fibers [says] “the blend composition of a fabric must be a minimum of 30% TENCEL® to be able to use the brand name.”‘
What Are TENCEL™ Fibers Used For, & What Are Their Applications?
They are Lenzing’s flagship brand for textiles at the moment
Lyocell and modal fiber products can be used alone (and made with specific traits), or they can be blended with other fibers, in TENCEL™ Denim, TENCEL™ Intimate, TENCEL™ Active, TENCEL™ Luxe, TENCEL™ Home, and TENCEL™ Footwear ranges.
They are currently used in some collections of leading designers and retailers.
Properties Of TENCEL™ Fibers
In this guide, we list what the properties of Lenzing TENCEL™ fibers might be.
Sustainability Features Of TENCEL™ Fibers
Some of the sustainability features of these fibers might be:
Use natural and renewable raw wood material (that is of botanic origin) for cellulose, and both Lyocell and Modal fibers have earned United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred® designation, for using wood and pulp that is renewable and from sustainably managed forests (that are certified and controlled)
Lyocell fibers use a unique closed loop solvent spinning process (to turn wood pulp into TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers) which recovers and reuses the solvents used (with a 99% recovery rate of solvents), and also recycles water. It has high resource efficiency and low ecological impact, received the European Award for the Environment from the European Commission in the category “The Technology Award for Sustainable Development”.
Generally use less water, energy and chemicals during the entire production process
Pulp production for Modal fibers uses renewable energy and is self sufficient
TENCEL™ fibers offer carbon-zero products/CO2 neutral fibers certified as CarbonNeutral® products (for the textile industry) by Natural Capital Partners, in accordance with the Carbon- Neutral Protocol, as of September 2020. This helps ‘brands and retailers to reduce their scope 3 emissions from raw material production and fulfill their scope 3 science-based target commitments’
Achieving carbon reduction goals and decarbonization of the textile value chain happens via 1. Targeting carbon net zero emissions by 2050 (with new technologies, and renewable energy during production), 2. Partnering with partners that enable transparent data and traceability for fibers to the finished garment, and 3. Offsetting unavoidable carbon emissions
All Lyocell and Modal fibres are certified as biodegradable and compostable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions. They have been certified by TÜV Austria Belgium NV in this regard
‘TENCEL™ Modal fibers are certified with the internationally recognized EU Ecolabel, an environmental quality label only awarded to products and services which have a significantly lower environmental impact throughout their entire lifecycle. Products awarded the label are independently assessed for compliance with strict ecological and performance criteria.’
TENCEL™ Denim specifically has a low carbon footprint, and is produced with low amounts of water
A few paragraphs below, we mention some of the different technologies used by different TENCEL fibers. Some of the additional sustainability features of those different technologies used in the fibers are:
An oxygen-based bleaching method, which involves the totally chlorine-free bleaching of pulp as well as the TENCEL™ Modal fibers. This method may also involve high recovery rates of process ingredients and generates very low emissions
Integration of dyeing in the production process … leads to energy and water savings of up to 50 percent. Moreover, the CO2 footprint is about 60 percent lower compared to conventionally dyed fabrics.
The dope dyeing process mean pigments are more deeply embedded in the fiber, and this may lead to better color retention after repeated washing. This may mean a product is kept longer before another one needs to be purchased, which could be more sustainable for consumers.
A one-step spun dyeing process … may lead to water, chemical and energy savings, and lower carbon emissions.
Most of the information in this guide is paraphrased or summarised from Lenzings’ sites, but, a businessinsider.com.au resource indicates these things about about TENCEL and sustainability:
[The benefits might include …]
Tencel does use less land and water than cotton production … [and industrially farmed cotton might use up to] 20 times more water
Tencel is also made from eucalyptus trees, which don’t require pesticides or irrigation …
Lenzing says it can grow enough trees for a ton of Tencel on half an acre of forestland, likely unsuitable for farming. Cotton needs up to five times as much of high quality farmland
[But the disadvantages might include ..]
… wood pulp is often sourced from forests … which doesn’t hold cutters to very high standards
[Because of how small TENCEL’s production is compared to cotton] it’s “difficult to be definitive” when calling Tencel more sustainable than cotton
And more research needs to be done through the conversion and dying processes. Despite the [the] closed loop system, these steps can’t avoid harsh chemicals
Other Notes About TENCEL™ Fibers
The STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® certification also confirms that both Lyocell and Modal fibers have been tested for ‘numerous regulated and non regulated harmful substances and are therefore harmless to human health’
The businessinsider.com.au resources suggests that [TENCEL is more expensive than cotton because of the technology required to produce it, and possibly because of how much money companies might have to spend marketing it]. However, our point in regards to that would be to consider the subsidies cotton receives and factor that into prices too
Specific Fiber Technology Used For TENCEL™ Fibers
Lenzing also makes use of various fiber technologies during production with TENCEL™ fibers to give the fibers specific properties
One example is the TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ Technology …
This technology is supposed to support a more circular and resource efficient economy in the textile industry, because it upcycles cotton scraps from pre (cutting waste from garment making) and post consumer sources that would otherwise have been sent to landfill or incineration. These cotton scraps are inserted into the regular lyocell fiber production process at the wood pulp production stage (where cotton is pulped), and wood and cotton pulp is combined together. According to Lenzing, about a third of pulp is cotton pulp (and the rest wood pulp), and the combined raw material is transformed to produce new virgin TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers to make fabrics and garments
TENCEL™ fibers with REFIBRA™ technology are also identifiable in yarns, fabrics and final garments owing to the innovative special identification technology designed to confirm fiber origin. In turn, this improves supply chain transparency.
In addition to the REFIBRA™ technology, a list of other current fiber technologies includes:
Lenzing’s TENCEL brand site gives a description of the properties each technology produces, and other information like sustainability features.
Technologies can also be used together to combine benefits of each technology, such as combining the Micro and Eco Clean technologies.
What Is Lenzing VEOCEL™?
What Are VEOCEL™ Fibers?
They are fibers that are part of the VEOCEL™ fiber brand from Lenzing
– VEOCEL™ Lyocell fibers
Right now, the VEOCEL™ Lyocell fiber can use three different fiber technologies (Eco Disperse, Micro, or Translucency technology), to produce three different fiber variations (the Shortcut, the Micro, or the Skin variations).
– VEOCEL™ Specialty Viscose fibers
Right now, the VEOCEL™ Specialty Viscose can use Eco Care technology to produce the Lenzing Viscose Eco variation, or it can use Eco Color technology to produce the Viscose Color or Viscose Black fiber variations
What Are VEOCEL™ Fibers Used For, & What Are Their Applications?
They are generally used as fibers for nonwovens
They are a specialty fiber for delicate purposes in body & beauty care, personal hygiene and medical applications, and other hygiene and health care products.
Specific examples of products include sanitary products, baby care products like diapers, facial sheet masks, cosmetic pads, and all other kinds of wet and dry wipes.
Properties Of VEOCEL™ Fibers
– VEOCEL™ Fibers (In General)
Are designed specifically to have good liquid absorption/retain liquid efficiently, manage liquid effectively (good for liquid distribution in wet wipes), to be smooth and gentle on delicate skin (such as for baby skin and facial skin), and also to be breathable (to help in the natural thermal regulation of the human body in products such as diapers or sanitary pads)
The fibers can be blended with other fibres to attain more desirable traits in the final nonwoven fabric product. VEOCEL™ fibers can be processed with almost all nonwoven technologies.
– VEOCEL™ Lyocell Fibers
Have a smooth surface area that is gentle on the skin and on hands, have a high tenacity profile and feel strong in both dry and wet state (so users feel confident using them that they won’t split or tear), and have efficient absorbency.
– VEOCEL™ Specialty Viscose Fibers
Absorbs and retains liquid
Sustainability Features Of VEOCEL™ Fibers
Are sourced from renewable raw material wood
Are manufactured in an environmentally responsible production process, using a closed loop production process
These cellulosic fibers are certified as compostable and biodegradable (have the ability to safely break down into raw materials and fully revert back into the environment)
Fiber cleanliness is monitored by test methods and tested periodically in accordance to industry standards.
Other Notes About VEOCEL™ Fibers
From a human health perspective, VEOCEL™ Lyocell fibers are produced without the use of odor-intensive chemicals, making the use of masking agents in nonwoven products unnecessary.
What Is LENZING™ ECOVERO™?
What Are LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Fibers?
They are fibers that are part of the LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fiber brand from Lenzing
They are generally made to be an eco responsible viscose fiber with low environmental impact
The LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fiber stands currently stands alone under the ECOVERO brand, and is not listed as being made with any other different fiber technologies or fiber variations as far as we could see
What Are LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Fibers Used For, & What Are Their Applications?
A range of fashion brands/partners use LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded fibers
Properties Of LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Fibers
We could only find sustainability and eco benefits about the LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Fibers on the ECOVERO website, and not any fiber properties or traits
Sustainability Features Of LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Fibers
These fibers are derived from certified (and controlled) renewable wood sources (responsibly managed forests ), and pulp production involves an eco-responsible production process i.e. they are eco responsible viscose fibers
They have been awarded the EU Ecolabel (this means these fibers meet a ‘high environmental standards throughout their life cycle: from raw material extraction to production, distribution and disposal’)
The manufacturing of LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibers generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to regular/generic viscose
They have supply chain transparency as they use a special manufacturing system that enables LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded viscose fibers to be identified in the final product (even after long textile processing and conversion steps through the value chain). The result of supply chain transparency is that ‘Environmentally conscious consumers can be assured that retailers and brands are incorporating genuine LENZING™ ECOVERO™ eco-responsible Viscose in their products’
What Is Lenzing LENZING™?
What Are LENZING™ Fibers?
They are fibers that are part of the LENZING™ fiber brand from Lenzing
– LENZING™ Lyocell
– LENZING™ Modal
– LENZING™ Viscose
– LENZING™ FR
What Are LENZING™ Fibers Used For, & What Are Their Applications?
These fibers are generally used as fibers for industrial applications (to meet the needs of industry), and some consumer products, such as for agriculture, workwear, protective wear, engineered products, packaging, automotive interiors, co-products, biorefinery productions, and more
LENZING™ Modal fibers specifically are suitable for use in work wear, botanic nets, coated and car seat fabrics.
LENZING™ Lyocell and Modal standard fiber types have been certified for food contact, making them good for farming applications, and smart packaging solutions.
Properties Of LENZING™ Fibers
– LENZING™ Lyocell
Comfortable and gentle on skin, versatile, high tenacity profile and good strength (compared to cotton), and good moisture management
– LENZING™ Modal
Natural softness and comfort, efficient moisture management, enhanced breathability, good color fastness and has good luster, and a compliance with recognized safety standards for food contact make
Can be blended with other fibres to significantly improve softness, and enhancing overall comfort.
– LENZING™ Viscose
LENZING™ Viscose have properties to meet certain industrial standards and can be blended with all major fibers.
– LENZING™ FR
Flame-resistant (‘meet the definition of “inherently flame retardant and resistant fibers” as specified by the European Man-made Fibers Association (CIRFS)’)
Commonly blended with other high performance fibers to produce unique protective qualities/properties and also comfort for a variety of industrial applications.
Have good breathability to offer a significant reduction of heat stress (a major concern especially in hot climates)
Sustainability Features Of LENZING™ Fibers
LENZING™ Lyocell and Modal cellulosic fibers come from sustainably sourced natural raw material wood
All Lyocell and Modal fiber types have been certified as compostable and biodegradable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions
Lyocell fibers have an environmentally responsible production process
The LENZING website indicates that ‘… in the EU alone, more than 30,000 tons of plastic can be replaced each year by botanic nets made of LENZING™ fibers [and this reduces the eventual impact of plastic waste too]’
Lenzing Fiber Production, & TENCEL Fiber Production
In this guide, we outline that total Lenzing Group fiber production and TENCEL fiber production might be small compared to the production of mass produced fibres like polyester and cotton.
There’s may also be production data available on the Lenzing websites.