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TENCEL fibers a need of denim sector

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May '12
The PV Denim which is currently taking place in Paris goes to prove it. The denim sector can no longer imagine doing without TENCEL. A look at the reference list illustrates this point. 20 % of the exhibitors of PV Denim have TENCEL in their collections.

There are a lot of reasons to use TENCEL fibers for denim. One important factor is its eco-friendliness. After all, it is generally known that the production of denim pollutes the environment both during the production phase as well as in terms of the raw material which is used, i.e. cotton. TENCEL is the eco-alternative for denim since the fiber offers advantages when it comes to the production and processing to a denim fabric.

Jeans have to be the most popular article of clothing around the world. From toddlers to senior citizens – everyone has jeans in their wardrobe. According to estimates, 800 million pairs of jeans are produced around the world every year. This represents an enormous environmental impact if one thinks about the cultivation of cotton through to the production of the cult garment.

The addition of 25 % TENCEL to conventional cotton considerably improves the environmental profile of jeans. The advantage lies above all in the efficient use of land and the higher yield per hectare of TENCEL.

For many years Lenzing has focused on sustainability dealing with this topic in various ways: performing studies of ecobalances, optimizing textile processes to reduce the consumption of water and energy and the use of chemicals and last but not least the recycling of textiles and their re-use.

Together with partners in the textile industry, Lenzing is working on environmental solutions at all levels. Lenzing draws on the latest findings and best technology available for the production of eco-friendly jeans. Optimized TENCEL jeans comprise a blended fabric made mainly of cotton with a smaller share of TENCEL. In the best possible case, the cotton share is organically grown. In denim production, as a rule the dyeing processes and the many, often, aggressive washing and finishing processes constitute a major environmental burden.

One solution is the alternative dyeing process approved by GOTS and the Control Union which employs the pre-reduced synthetic indigo system and can be applied easily on TENCEL denim. Washing trials with articles of clothing have shown that existing processes can be optimized with respect to the chemical, water and energy consumption. TENCEL jeans allow an improvement in the typical washing processes which leads to a reduction in water consumption of 45 % and to a 35 % lower chemical load.

Lenzing


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