Chinese viscose producer Tangshan Sanyou has created a new viscose staple fibre which is made from 50 per cent FSC certified wood pulp and 50 per cent post consumer recycled cotton textiles.
This discovery will save 20 million tons of cotton textiles and 65 million tons of viscose textiles consumed every year, in the entire world.
FSC certified wood pulp was audited by an international environmental non-profit organisation known as Canopy. The CanopyStyle initiative was started in 2014 by the organisation with the textile retailers and brands with an aim to eliminate the use of ancient and endangered forests in their supply chains by exploring innovative fibres.
The recycled cotton is supplied to Tangshan Sanyou by a Swedish company named re:newcell. Mattias Jonsson, the CEO of re:newcell says that this innovation proves that they don’t need to harvest virgin forests, cotton fields or oil wells to make high quality fashion materials at a bigger scale. He pledges that by this innovative technology both the companies will be able to bring thousands of tons of recycled materials to the market.