Lyocell, viscose and modal are soft and breathable materials that are made from renewable and natural plant-based cellulose such as wood. However, it is also materials that rely on consuming forests and requires a lot of chemicals when turning the cellulose into textile fibres. We are dedicated to use the alternatives that have least impact on the climate and ecosystems.
Since these materials are made from plant-based cellulose such as wood, it is important to make sure it comes from responsible forestry. Every year millions of trees in the world are cut down for textile production, and if not done responsibly it can lead to deforestation that has major consequences for the climate and biodiversity. Together with other brands, retailers and suppliers, we are committed to CanopyStyle which is an initiative that works to protects the world’s forests and ensure that the raw material for viscose does not come from ancient or threatened forests.
Since there is a lot of processing needed to turn wood into textile fibres, it is also important that the production takes place with responsible chemical management and the greatest possible regards for the climate and our natural ecosystems.
For our lyocell and viscose, we only work with suppliers who have best industry practice or show major ambitions to improve.
We mainly use TENCELTM lyocell and the raw material comes from responsibly managed forests. TENCEL™ is produced by processing the wood pulp, which is done with high resource efficiency and low environmental impact. The production takes place in a closed loop where the water is recycled and about 99 percent of all process chemicals are reused. We also use a new type of TENCELTM with REFIBRA™ technology, where cotton is recycled and combined with the wood pulp. TENCEL™ and REFIBRA™ are trademarks of Lenzing AG.
Like lyocell, viscose is made from wood pulp that is chemically processed into textile fibres. Our assortment includes conventional viscose but also LENZINGTM ECOVEROTM, which is a viscose where the raw material comes from responsible forestry. It is made with production processes with low climate impact as well as responsible water and chemical management. LENZINGTM ECOVEROTM is a trademark of Lenzing AG.
Another viscose option we work with is OnceMore®. OnceMore is a unique and innovative process for large-scale textile recycling of blended materials and behind the innovation is Södra, Sweden’s largest forest owner association. The process combines recycled textile with wood from Swedish forests, which creates a pure and high-quality dissolving pulp that can then be used to make a viscose fibre. Recycling textile that would otherwise go to waste is a lot more resource efficient compared to producing new material and the renewable wood that is used in combination with the recycled textile comes from Swedish, responsible forestry.
Like lyocell and viscose, modal is made from wood pulp that is chemically processed into textile fibres. We use LENZING™ Modal which is made primarily out of beechwood from responsibly managed forests in Austria and neighbouring countries. It is made with the best environmental technology available in a factory in Austria.