• Lenzing’s pioneering Eco-Cycle technology involves upcycling up to one-third of pulp from cotton scraps, e.g. from garment production, in addition to wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed forests
  • Circular business models will be a key priority for the VEOCEL™ brand

Lenzing Group (Lenzing) today announced the introduction of Eco-Cycle technology under its specialty 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 fibers 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 a 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 fibers with upcycled pre-consumer cotton scraps and wood pulp from sustainable sources. The process recovers more than 99% 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 the absence of optical brighteners in the VEOCEL™ branded lyocell fiber production.

“Produced using an environmentally friendly and sustainable process, VEOCEL™ Lyocell fibers are certified clean and safe. With Eco-Cycle technology, these fibers 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 produces harmful byproducts and emissions. This holistic approach enables us to set new benchmarks in circularity,” Eizinger added.

VEOCEL™ branded lyocell fibers have been certified Biobased® by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Blending VEOCEL™ branded Lyocell fibers with other fibers 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.

Images of Eco-Cycle technology can be downloaded from: https://fileshare-ap.bm.com/fl/gVV0GPmWCH

For more information please contact:
Rita Ng
Marketing Services Manager – Lenzing
Phone: (852)3718 5675
Email: r.ng@lenzing.com