The Austrian State Prize for Innovation is awarded annually by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, Vienna/Austria, to the most innovative Austrian company. On October 20, 2020, the producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, was awarded the prize as recognition for its innovative achievements concerning sustainable nonwovens technology.
With the Lenzing web technology the company has developed a patented technology for a promising solution for eco-friendly products that counteracts the pollution of the environment by plastics.
Sustainable and eco-friendly nonwovens are produced from the renewable raw material wood. These are not only plastic-free, they also score points for their environmental friendliness.
The pollution of the environment by plastics is an important problem of our time. Every day, worldwide millions of hygiene products and wipes end up in garbage and sewage. Most of them consist of up to 80% polyester or other fossil, non-biodegradable materials which remain in the environment as pollution.