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Viscose producer creates new fibre from FSC-certified dissolving pulp

July 17, 2019 – Chinese viscose producer Tangshan Sanyou has produced new viscose fibre mixing FSC-certified dissolving pulp and recycled cotton.


July 17, 2019
By Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

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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, 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, 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 forests in their supply chains by exploring innovative fibres.

re:newcell, a Swedish company, supplies the recycled cotton to Tangshan Sanyou. “This breakthrough proves that we don’t need to harvest virgin forests, cotton fields or oil wells to make high-quality fashion materials at a big scale,” says re:newcell CEO Mattias Jonsson in a release.

Jonsson says that re:newcell and Tangshan Sanyou will use the technology to bring thousands of tons of recycled materials to the market.