A very interesting achievement has been reached for the use of recycled cotton in the viscose industry. Tangshan Sanyou Chemical Fibre Co. Ltd., Tangshan, Hebei/China, succeeded in producing viscose staple fiber made from 50% post-consumer recycled cotton textiles, supplied by Re:newcell, Stockholm/Sweden.
The remaining 50% is made of FSC COC (Forest Stewardship Council chain of custody) wood pulp and audited by CanopyStyle.
This interesting step in the fashion industry’s transition to a circular economy is considered very positive by the environmental not-for-profit organization Canopy, which works collaboratively with 198 international apparel brands and retailers in search of new innovative products.
Each year, 20 million tons of cotton textiles and 6.5 million tons of viscose textiles are consumed worldwide and converted into garments, beddings and personal care items such as wipes. The recycling process for cotton and its introduction into viscose fabric on an industrial scale is a new innovative technology and a timely breakthrough for the textile and fashion industries.