The producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, presented a botanic solution for marine application, in particular for aquatic farming at the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, Techtextil, in Frankfurt/Germany.
The wood-based Lenzing branded lyocell fibers are used for the construction of ropes and nets in order to support the cultivation of marine cultures such as mollusks, mussels and edible seaweed to reduce plastic in the sea.
The loss of conventionally used synthetic fibers and plastics in the ocean accounts for 80% of all marine pollution. This is not only dangerous for marine life but also for humans as we consume some of these microplastics through our food. The development of 100% wood based mussel nets with Lenzing lyocell fibers contributes to the reduction of the annual plastic quantity in the marine environment.
The Lenzing Group initiated the project in collaboration with the Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI), Chemnitz/Germany, and FIUM GmbH & Co. KG – Institut für Fisch & Umwelt (FIUM), Rostock/Germany.