Lenzing has introduced its new Refibra™ branded lyocell fibers, made from recycled cotton fabric and responsibly harvested wood, and produced in the lyocell production process. The company is the first manufacturer to offer cellulose fibers of this kind on a commercial scale. The company says that the need to extract virgin raw materials from nature is dramatically reduced by its recycled materials.
Also, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has recently extended Biobased certification to Lenzing Viscose® and Lenzing Modal®, which now have the Biobased Product Label granted by the USDA. The certification of biobased products is part of the BioPreferred program implemented by the USDA. It is designed to motivate government institutions and companies to purchase biobased products or those which largely consist of biological materials.
All standard types of fibers produced by the company are fully derived from wood, a natural and renewable raw material. The company’s Lyocell fiber TENCEL® has been certified 100 percent biobased since 2011, and Lenzing FR® has now also been certified as 99 percent biobased. The residual amount of 1 percent is for material used to make the fiber fire-resistant.