Lenzing Group (Lenzing) announced the introduction of Eco Cycle technology under its speciality nonwoven brand, VEOCEL™. Eco Cycle technology is a testament to the VEOCEL™ brand’s commitment to driving sustainability and circularity in the nonwoven industry. The technology involves the upcycling of a substantial proportion of pre-consumer cotton scraps, e.g. from garment production and mixing with sustainably sourced wood pulp, to produce pure new virgin VEOCEL™ branded Lyocell fibres for nonwoven applications.

“Since the inception of the VEOCEL™ brand, we have been pioneering the development and application of sustainable nonwoven technologies and applications. Eco Cycle technology encompasses our commitment to providing the industry with sustainable raw materials and driving circularity in the nonwoven industry ecosystem. Promoting circular economy will be a key strategy of the Lenzing Group in the long run. Eco Cycle technology will enable us to a bold new step in driving the discussion of circularity of natural botanic materials in the ecosystem,” said Jürgen Eizinger, Vice President of Global Business Management Nonwovens, Lenzing AG.

Eco Cycle technology leverages Lenzing’s award-winning efficient closed-loop production process to produce virgin VEOCEL™ branded Lyocell fibres with upcycled pre-consumer cotton scraps and wood pulp from sustainable sources. The process recovers more than 99 per cent of the solvent and water in a closed loop and repeatedly feeds it back into the production process. This results in extremely low levels of emissions and absence of optical brighteners in the VEOCEL™ branded Lyocell fibre production.

“Produced using an environmentally friendly and sustainable process, VEOCEL™ Lyocell fibres are certified clean and safe. With Eco Cycle technology, these fibres for nonwoven applications offer nonwoven roll-good manufacturers a convenient way to contribute to the circular economy without the necessity to engage in mechanical recycling which possibly produce harmful byproducts and emissions. This holistic approach enables us to set new benchmarks in circularity,” Eizinger added.

VEOCEL™ branded Lyocell fibres have been certified Biobased® by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Blending VEOCEL™ branded Lyocell fibres with other fibres adds a greater degree of smoothness and absorbency to nonwoven fabrics, and will significantly improve the liquid absorbency in wet wipes, offering a more convenient way to clean surfaces.

Lenzing wins IDEA Raw Material Achievement Award

VEOCEL™ Lyocell fibres with Eco Cycle Technology won the IDEA Raw Material Achievement Award for best new fibre/raw material introduction presented by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry on 27, 2019. The IDEA awards recognise 15 brilliant cutting-edge innovations as finalists in the nonwovens and engineered materials industry. The finalists range from next generation machinery with digital tools for intelligent production, to layer composite fabrics and sustainable fibres.