The degradation of conventional polyester, which is contained in 60 % of all garments, takes 500 years on average. The new cellulose padding by the manufacturer of technical textiles Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. is completely biodegradable within 60 days. This innovation, called comfortemp Lyocell padding, was presented at the Ispo in Munich/Germany from 26-29 January 2020.
Freudenberg is thus responding to the increased demand for the sustainable disposal of garment. The padding is based on cellulosic lyocell fibers by the producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria. Lyocell is cellulose produced from natural raw materials in an environmentally friendly production process using eucalyptus wood from sustainable forests and has been awarded with the European Award for the Environment. The solvent used to obtain the fibers is almost completely reused in the production cycle. It allows for a thermal insulation providing warmth, while being both soft and highly breathable, as well as to absorb body moisture up to 45%. It is also water-repellent, dries quickly, is antistatic and conforms to the Oeko-Tex 100 standard.