The new fabric together developed by Lenzing Group from Austria and the Belgian company Solvay marks a further and important step forward in the pursuit of an ever more responsible innovation, offering performance, durability and comfort all at once.
From the way fibers are made to how they affect the planet at the very end of their life cycle, this new product is as innovative as the technologies involved in its creation. The back of the new fabric is made of TENCEL™ Active lyocell fibers derived from renewable, responsibly managed wood sources. The fabric’s front is enhanced by Solvay’s award winning AMNI SOUL ECO®, the first polyamide 6.6 fiber with improved biodegradability, as it stands out in the polyamide industry for its biodegradable properties. While other polyamide fibers take decades to decompose, AMNI SOUL ECO® branded fibers are designed to biodegrade in around five years when disposed of in wellcontrolled landfills, as demonstrated by laboratory biodegradation tests in accordance with ASTM D5511 - Standard Test Method for Determining Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under High-Solids Anaerobic-Digestion Conditions (equivalent to ISO 15985).
The new fabric is designed to further optimize the benefits the two fibers contribute. Being in direct contact with the skin, TENCEL™ Lyocell offers microscopic fibrils of cellulosic fibers with crosssections structured to regulate the absorption and release of moisture, contributing to fabric breathability that supports the body’s natural thermal regulation. Moreover, it provides a less favorable environment for bacterial growth, enhancing the fabric with better hygienic qualities. On the fabric face, AMNI SOUL ECO® polyamide provides better abrasion resistance while boasting great benefits in terms of dimensional stability, color retention, and drying speed.
“The combination of TENCEL™ Active fibers, which is derived from renewable wood sources using sustainable production processes, and Solvay´s AMNI SOUL ECO® polyamide fibers enhances biodegradability results into a more sustainable, comfortable, easy care fabric that advances the concept of circular economy,” says Andreas Guertler, Head of Global Business Management Activewear at Lenzing. “Future collaborations with Solvay will focus on TENCEL™ Lyocell with REFIBRA™ technology, our newest fiber innovation made from upcycled cotton scraps and wood pulp, and AMNI SOUL ECO® polyamide to further reduce our environmental impact.”
“There is a major need for sustainability, these days, especially in the fashion industry. It is an ongoing process that has to start from the very beginning of the production chain, from the fibers involved in the creation of fabrics and, later on, garments. Both AMNI SOUL ECO® polyamide and TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers have already proved they responsible character. Combined together they will lead to great results in terms of durability, comfort and performance, while helping to preserve the planet and its resources,” explained Daniela Antunes, Solvay Business Development Manager.
This innovative product premiered at ISPO Innovation Textrends Forum, both in ISPO Beijing (January 16th-19th) and ISPO Munich (February 3rd-6th).
The Lenzing Group is an international company that produces high-quality fibers from the renewable raw material wood with environmentally friendly and innovative technologies. These fibers form the basis for a wide range of textile and nonwoven applications, and are also used in work and protective wear and in industrial applications.
Lenzing’s quality and innovative strength set global standards for wood-based cellulose fibers. With 80 years of experience, the Lenzing Group is the only company in the world which produces significant volumes of all three wood-based cellulose fiber generations. Its products are marketed under the following brands: TENCEL™ for textile applications, VEOCEL™ for nonwovens and LENZING™ for special fiber applications in other areas and other products. Innovations like REFIBRA™ recycling technology, the identifiable LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded fibers and TENCEL™ Luxe branded lyocell filament yarn make Lenzing a global innovation leader.
The Lenzing Group’s success is based on consistent customer orientation combined with innovation, technology and quality leadership. Lenzing is committed to the principles of sustainable management with very high environmental standards and can underscore this commitment with numerous international sustainability certifications for its business processes as the most sustainable company in the sector. In addition to fibers, which form the core business, the Lenzing Group is also active in the fields of engineering and plant construction – mostly for its own locations, but also for external customers.
Solvay Group is a multi-specialty chemical company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers in diverse global end markets. Its products and solutions are used in planes, cars, smart and medical devices, batteries, in mineral and oil extraction, among many other applications promoting sustainability. Its lightweighting materials enhance cleaner mobility, its formulations optimize the use of resources and its performance chemicals improve air and water quality. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around 27,000 employees in 58 countries. Net sales were € 10.9 billion in 2016, with 90% from activities where Solvay ranks among the world’s top 3 leaders. Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB - Reuters: SOLB.BR) and in the United States its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a level-1 ADR program.