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Cellulose innovation award nominees
O
rganizations working in cellulose-based textiles
have sustainability in their sights, and several are
up for the Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year
2024 award, scheduled to be voted on and announced at
the Cellulose Fibres Conference in Cologne, Germany,
in mid-March, after this issue goes to press. The
textile-related nominees (five out of the six) include
products such as recyclable clothing, recycling
processes and groundcovers.
* LENZING™ conducted field trials in Austria of
its geotextiles to slow glacier melting; using a
groundcover made of cellulose means it won't
release microplastics into the environment and
contaminate what it's trying to protect.
* In 2023, PANGAIA LAB launched the RENU Jacket
through collaboration with Evernu. The limited-edition
product was made with Nucycl®
-recycled fibers from
textile waste and dyed with natural indigo. The circular
recycling process, which is the award nominee,
maintains the strength of the fiber so it doesn't
need to be blended with virgin material.
* Dyeing fabric produces a lot of wastewater, but a
modified fabric of BioCelSol and viscose starts out
darker and thus needs less dye and no salt in the
dyeing process, making it more environmentally
friendly than conventional methods. Easy-to-dye
BioCelSol comes out of the VTT Technical Research
Centre of Finland.
* The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research
Denkendorf and Vretena®
collaborated to create the
Flexi-Dress from unbleached straw pulp using the
HighPerCell®
spinning process. The silky dress can be
worn combined or separated into a top and skirt, and
the top can be worn with the V-neck in front or in back.
* TreeToTextile's low-carbon-footprint biodegradable
fiber could complement or replace cotton, viscose or
polyester, depending on the application. It has a natural
dry feel, a semi-dull sheen and a high drape.
The nova-Institut, the organizer and host of the
cellulose conference, is a private and independent
research institute focusing on the transition of the
chemical and material industry to renewables. It also
hosts a Renewables Materials Conference June 11-13
in Siegburg, Germany.
12 SPECIALTY FABRICS REVIEW / April 2024
In 2023, PANGAIA LAB launched
the RENU Jacket, a limited edition
product made with Nucycl®
-
recycled fibers from textile waste
and dyed with natural indigo. The
Nucycl process maintains the
strength of the fiber so it doesn't
need to be blended with virgin
material. Image: PANGAIA
When TreeToTextile's versatile
biodegradable fiber is made into
fabric, it has a dry feel, a semidull
sheen and a high drape.
Image: TreeToTextile
Berndt Köll, LENZING™ business development manager, emerging business,
conducted a field test on the Stubai Glacier, which is protected with a nonwoven
made from LENZING fibers. They are derived from responsibly managed wood
sources and do not release microplastics into the environment. Image: Lenzing

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