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Lenzing launches carbon-zero TENCEL™ branded fibers

EcoNote | September 28, 2020 | By:

Following wider corporate commitments made by the Lenzing Group in 2019 to drive sustainability and combat climate change, TENCEL™, Lenzing’s flagship brand for textiles, is introducing its first carbon-zero TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibers to the market. Following the strict guidelines of The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the fibers are certified CarbonNeutral® products for the textile industry, which means that the emissions associated with the fibers’ production, manufacturing and distribution have been calculated and offset. 

Lenzing’s goal is to reduce its specific greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030. The newly launched fibers are contributing to this target through reduced production emissions and its industry engagement to lower energy consumption across the supply chain. 

In addition to offering new sustainable options to the textile and fashion industry, the carbon-neutral fibers show a commitment to Lenzing’s earlier announcement of investing more than EUR 100 million in reducing carbon emissions in its operational boundaries and supply chain. Fabrics produced using carbon-zero TENCEL™ fibers will have a third-party verified label, offering a new level of sustainable transparency to Lenzing’s customers, brands and consumers. 

In addition to having a higher environmental value, the fibers will also feature the functional benefits of standard TENCEL™ branded fibers including long-lasting softness, enhanced breathability and color retention. 

Lenzing will deploy four key levers that cover energy efficiency, reduction of fossil fuel use, integration of pulp and fiber production facilities and ongoing investment in new technologies to reduce carbon emissions. “The launch of our carbon-zero TENCEL™ fibers is just the start of an ongoing battle against climate change. … Our ultimate goal is to offer the carbon neutral benefit across our entire selection of TENCEL™ fibers and the textile supply chain,” says Robert van de Kerkhof, Chief Commercial Officer at Lenzing Group. 

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