Innovative Viscose Fibre Uses FSC-Certified Wood Pulp

Chinese viscose producer Tangshan Sanyou has produced new viscose fibre mixing FSC-certified dissolving pulp and recycled cotton. This new fibre represents a key milestone in the transition initiated by the fashion industry towards a circular economy.

Every year, 20 million tons of cotton textiles and 6.5 million tons of viscose textiles are consumed worldwide. They end up being converted into garments, bedding and personal care items, such as hygiene wipes. As a solution to that waste, the company Tangshan Sanyou has developed a viscose staple fibre made of 50 per cent FSC-certified wood pulp and 50 per cent post-consumer recycled cotton textiles.

Canopy – an international environmental not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s forests – audited the FSC-certified wood pulp. The NGO started the CanopyStyle initiative in 2014 with clothing retailers and brands. The aim was to eliminate the use of ancient and endangered forests in their supply chains by exploring innovative fibres. Canopy’s founder and executive director, Nicole Rycroft, congratulated Tangshan Sanyou and its partner re:newcell for this new fiber as “The introduction of a new viscose fabric made from 50% recycled textiles represents an important leap forward for the global textile and fashion industries.”  Read more…

Source: FSC International, September 03, 2019