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Sustainable textile innovations: EcoVero, an alternative to viscose

Updated : October 2020

Stakeholders

  • Synthetic fiber professionals
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals
The production of petroleum-based fibers continues to cause irreversible damage to our environment, more and more companies are seeking out alternative, sustainable fibers, and fabrics. This article examines the new, more responsible option to viscose - EcoVero. Produced by Lenzing, EcoVero is made using sustainable wood from controlled sources which are either FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) certified in Europe. Unlike bamboo or eucalyptus, commonly used in normal viscose production, the article states that 60 percent of the trees used to produced EcoVero fibers come from Austria and Bavaria to ensure lower emissions. Nearly all the chemical used to produce EcoVera is recovered and reused. Production of EcoVero causes 50 percent fewer emissions and the pulp bleaching is 100 percent chlorine-free compared to conventional viscose production. Lenzing also offers full supply chain transparency which makes EcoVero fibers identifiable in the final product through its innovative identification technology. The sustainable fiber is already incorporated in a sustainable fashion brand for their winter 2017 collections. EcoVera is a sustainable alternative to traditional viscose, and as laws and regulations surrounding the fiber source become tighter, more locally based production factories will become the future of a sustainable fashion supply chain.

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Topics

Supply chain transparency in using eco-friendly viscose material

Emission reduction in using sustainably harvested wood

Innovative identification technology for sustainable materials

Limiting chemical treatment in sustianble viscose production

Local production factories in sustainable fashion supply chain

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Geography
| Global
Year

2017

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