Chemical free viscose production

Viscose is a man-made fiber produced from wood from select trees. On the one hand, traditional viscose uses a lot of forest trees, but this problem is being overcome through the use of “sustainable wood” where the trees are grown in a sustainable manner. 

That still leaves the problem of the chemicals - some of which are not eco-friendly - that are required to process the wood. Companies are trying to come up with methods by which they can completely eliminate - or at least reduce - the use of these harmful chemicals in viscose production.

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Researchers or innovators

Textile chemicals professionals

Textile fiber cultivation professional

Textile industry sustainability professionals

Vital Stats

How does it work?

As a plant-based fiber, viscose is not inherently toxic or polluting. The wood pulp that viscose is made from is manufactured by treating it with chemicals, which is then filtered and spun into a fine thread. This is a highly polluting process and releases many toxic chemicals into the air and waterways surrounding production plants.

Sustainability benefits

Carbon disulfide, one of the chemicals used, is another toxic ingredient that has been linked to higher levels of coronary heart disease, birth defects, skin conditions, and cancer. Chemical-free manufacturing processes will prevent these chemicals from entering the system.

Highlights/USP

While we wait for chemical-free viscose production, one transition avenue would be where all the chemicals are recovered and thus none enters the wastewater stream.

Stage of commercialization

Early commercialization

Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Chemical engineers, Agricultural engineers, Biotech engineers

Specifically relevant to any geography?

Decarbonization Potential

Low

Value Chain

Cultivation & farming , Textile fabric production ,

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A new textile production process for developing viscose

With the increased global demand for dissolving pulp, which can be used in the textile manufacturing of viscose, the global forest products industry has changed technology in order to create textiles from wood. This article highlights a new production process of viscose that is sustainable and eco friendly.

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A new textile production process for developing viscose

With the increased global demand for dissolving pulp, which can be used in the textile manufacturing of viscose, the global forest products industry has changed technology in order to create textiles from wood. This article highlights a new production process of viscose that is sustainable and eco friendly.

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Viscose for the better of the environment

Viscose is said to be the third most commonly used textile fiber in the world. Viscose is often touted as a sustainable alternative to cotton or polyester and is popular in the fashion industry as a cheaper and more durable alternative to silk. This article discusses the potential of viscose being a sustainable alternative in the textile industry.

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