For the third time, nova-Institute GmbH, Hürth/Germany, presents the “Cellulose Fiber Innovation of the Year” award in the frame of the “Cellulose Fibers Conference 2023” from March 8-9, 2023. The full innovation potential of the cellulose fiber industry will be displayed to a wide audience in Cologne/Germany, and online. 6 award nominees will present promising sustainable solutions for the industry in the field of cellulose fibers value chains.
Cellulose fibers show a steadily expanding range of applications. At the same time, markets are driven by technological developments and political framework conditions, especially bans and restrictions on plastics and increasing sustainability requirements for textiles. The European Commission has made the thorough transition towards sustainability and circularity for different industries and especially the textile sector a main focus. All nominees will therefore introduce innovative pathways towards more sustainable technologies and products.
The 6 nominees are:
• Vybrana – The new generation banana fiber – GenCrest Bioproducts (India)
A sustainable cellulosic fiber upcycled from agricultural waste. Raw fibers are extracted from the Banana Pseudo stem at the end of the plant lifecycle.
• HeiQ AeoniQ – technology for more sustainability of textiles – HeiQ (Austria)
The disruptive technology is the first climate-positive continuous cellulose filament yarn, made in a proprietary manufacturing process and the first to reproduce the properties of polyester and polyamide yarns in a cellulosic, biodegradable, and endlessly recyclable fiber. • Tencel Luxe – lyocell filament yarn – Lenzing (Austria)
The new versatile lyocell yarn is a possible botanical alternative for silk, long-staple cotton, and petrol-based synthetic filaments, is derived from wood grown in renewable, sustainably managed forests, and produced in an environmentally sound, closed-loop process.
• Nullarbor – Nanollose & Birla Cellulose (Australia/India)
Tree-free lyocell from bacterial cellulose. Nullarbor is significantly stronger than lyocell made from wood-based pulp; even adding small amounts of bacterial cellulose to wood pulp increases the fiber toughness. •Circulose – makes fashion circular – Renewcell (Sweden)
A branded dissolving pulp made from 100 % textile waste, like worn-out clothes and production scraps. It provides a unique material for fashion that is 100 % recycled, recyclable, biodegradable, and of virgin-equivalent quality. • Sparkle sustainable sanitary pads – Sparkle Innovations (USA)
Sustainable, plastic-free, biodegradable and compostable sanitary pads. From product to packaging, they are made up of around 90% cellulose-based materials with top sheet, absorbent core, release paper, wrapping paper and packaging made of cellulose-based fibers.
In a short 10-minute presentation, each of the 6 companies will introduce their innovation on the first day of the conference. The Cellulose Fiber Innovation of the Year 2023 Award will be voted for by conference delegates as well as online participants. In addition, the “Top 6” will present their innovations in a shared exhibition space provided by the nova-Institute during the whole of the conference.
AeoniQ, Tencel, Nullarbor = trademarks
Circulose = registered trademark