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Natural fiber – the bio-option to single use plastics

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Mycelium – fibers of the future?

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World supply – highlights in upstream business

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Florian Heubrandner, Vice President Global Textiles Business, Lenzing AG

Lenzing Group, a global company headquartered in Austria, is a leading player in the world of cellulose fibers. For its partners in the textile and nonwovens industries, Lenzing’s cellulose fibers are the starting point for value creation, and the company is particularly focused on sustainability these days. It’s a long way from the forest to …

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Fibrillated cellulose – branded as Valida – is a 100% natural and bio-based material sourced from Sappi’s owned, sustainably managed forests. Photo courtesy of Sappi Europe

The challenge will be to achieve a balance between ongoing capacity expansion and rising demand The global fiber industry is facing unprecedented sustainability challenges. Issues such as a rising population, climate change, water scarcity, land use (food vs. fiber), deforestation and loss of biodiversity, plastic waste and marine pollution have combined to question the long-term …

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Figure 3. Most of the natural fiber reinforcements are fruit and vegetable fibers, specifically, bast, leaf and fruit fibers. Photo courtesy of Mohamad Midani

Every year thousands of nonrecyclable/nondegradable composite parts end up in landfills, including gigantic parts like wind turbine blades, putting more pressure on composite manufacturers to reevaluate the sustainability of their products and their end-of-life options. This is why many of the industry players are interested in natural fiber composites (NFCs); however, a general unfamiliarity with …

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Jennifer Crumpler, Fiber Development Manager, BASF

BASF’s e3 Sustainable Cotton program is designed to directly connect members of the cotton fiber value chain, from cotton farmers to brands to retailers. e3 stands for equitable, economically viable and environmentally responsible, as BASF is aiming to align itself with a consumer base that is increasingly eco-conscious and is demanding traceability in the clothes …

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Dornbirn GFC director Friedrich Weninger

For the second year running, the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (GFC), now in its 60th edition, was held as a virtual event. Besides the ongoing theme of sustainability, there was a strong emphasis on the circular economy and digitalization, as well as discussions on a wide range of topics from fiber innovation to fashion. Synthetic …

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