Another backer option for NFW’s patented plant-based technology, Mirum, is being showcased for the first time at the international leather fair, Lineapelle, from February 21-23, 2023, in Milan/Italy. Lenzing has teamed up with Natural Fiber Welding Inc. (NFW), Peoria, IL/USA, to offer a Mirum x Tencel collaboration.
Mirum is a unique material class, suitable for luxury accessories, fashion, footwear, automotive, and home goods. Tencel Lyocell and Modal fibers are derived from sustainable wood sources and produced using environmentally responsible processes. The fibers are identifiable, verifiable and traceable through Lenzing’s Fiber Identification technology which enables a physical identification of fiber origin at different stages of production. This means full traceability of the fiber materials used during the production process, be it on a piece of fabric or finished product, like garments or footwear.
Completely free from plastic, Mirum is made from natural rubber, plant and mineral pigments, plant-based oils and waxes, and an all-natural fabric backing. Each Mirum recipe is unique.
NFW’s unique approach incorporates a diversity of natural ingredients like bio-based charcoal, clay, cork powder, rice hulls, coconut fibers, recycled denim or seaweed to develop color or add visual interest. At the end of its life cycle, products made with Mirum can be recycled into new Mirum or ground up and returned to the earth, while Tencel fibers from Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, are compostable and biodegradable, enabling complete circularity of finished products. The collaboration creates a uniquely sustainable alternative for leather applications as both Tencel lyocell fibers and Mirum are versatile enough to be used in multiple applications.
Tencel fibers are soft and pleasant on the skin, with very good moisture management. Adding backer material made of Tencel fibers to Mirum not only creates a sustainable option but also one that enhances the comfort level of products made from leather alternatives.
Mirum = registered trademark
Tencel = trademark