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REFIBRA™ technology

contributing to the circular economy in textiles

(LENZING™ Lyocell RB / RB LF) The pioneering REFIBRA™ technology involves upcycling cotton scraps from garment production. These cotton scraps are transformed into cotton pulp. A substantial proportion – up to one third – of this is added to wood pulp, and the combined raw material is transformed to produce new virgin TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers to make fabrics and garments.
Based on the same award-winning efficient closed loop production process as standard TENCEL™ Lyocell fiber, REFIBRA™ technology is Lenzing’s first step to contribute to the circular economy in the textile industry.

TENCEL™ fibers with REFIBRA™ technology are identifiable in yarns, fabrics and final garments owing to the innovative special identification technology designed to confirm fiber origin. In turn, this improves supply chain transparency.

keep it circulating

TENCEL Refibra recycle technology - textiles cycle

2024 Vision

It is Lenzing’s vision to make textile waste recycling a common standard process like paper recycling. Lenzing fibers produced with REFIBRA™ technology have up to 50 percent recycled content from post-consumer waste without compromising the high quality fibers from Lenzing. The fibers are available on a commercial scale.

Based on the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12, Responsible Consumption and Production, it is Lenzing’s clear vision to produce fibers with REFIBRA™ technology using post-consumer textile waste as raw materials. Being able to use discarded garments consisting of a wider range of materials will greatly enlarge the raw material basis for textile recycling. This innovation is a groundbreaking step towards tackling the global issue of textile waste disposal. At the same time it reduces the extraction of wood as a raw material and relieves the pressure on global forest ecosystems. Our vision includes recycling of fabrics and garments from Lenzing’s own materials.

Inspired by SDG 17, Partnerships for the Goals, Lenzing is committed to promoting circular thinking across the textile value chain and to supporting fashion brands in their efforts to develop sustainable offers. Lenzing is determined to continue its mission to inspire and educate end consumers about circularity.

Historic Milestones

2017 First commercial lyocell fiber giving a second life to cotton

With the launch of Lenzing’s REFIBRA™ technology in 2017, Lenzing achieved an unprecedented milestone for circular economy in textiles by developing a new fiber based on cotton scraps and wood.

Commercial scale

Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)

TENCEL™ fiber produced with REFIBRA™ technology was the first lyocell fiber featuring recycled material from post-industrial sources on a commercial scale.

The fiber is available with Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certifying that all production processes in the entire supply chain have undergone relevant steps to ensure the integrity of the final product.

Combining the best of two worlds

20% cotton pulp / 80%wood pulp

The technology combines the best of two worlds to create one of the most ecological wood-based fibers on the planet: the lyocell technology which is widely acknowledged to be the most eco-friendly wood-based cellulosic fiber, and the recycling of cotton scraps from garment production.

Initially 20 percent of pulp produced from cotton scraps was blended with wood pulp.

2019 Progress

• The share of pulp produced from cotton scraps was increased to 30 percent.

• Numerous international brands use TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers produced with REFIBRA™ technology.

• Vast progress has been made in R&D for using post-consumer waste as raw material.

• Lenzing has filed a patent on the recycling of lyocell for use as a raw material for lyocell production.

key benefits

circular economy

With their launch on the market in 2017, TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ fibers became the first commercially available chemically recycled cellulose fibers. For these new fibers, up to one third of pulp is from post-industrial and post-consumer cotton textiles, which is combined with dissolving wood pulp from sustainably managed forests.

upcycling

Unlike mechanically recycled cotton, there is no loss of quality or performance with TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ fibers. They retain the round cross-section, smooth fiber surface, and high tensile and tear strength of regular TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers.

naturally white

Producing white fibers from recycled material often represents a challenge. Slightly grey or green shades are common unwanted outcomes on the market. TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ fibers are high-quality fibers and as white as the winter snow in Austria, where they are produced.

supply chain transparency

Transparency requires the origin of the textile to be proven unequivocally. In order to assure customers that fiber contains recycled materials, Lenzing has decided to label the TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ fibers. This makes it possible to identify the TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ fibers in the final textile product. This supplies transparency throughout the processing chain. Lenzing’s special manufacturing system allows genuine TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers with REFIBRA™ technology to be identified in the final product, even after long and numerous steps along the value chain.

key benefits

circular economy

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With their launch on the market in 2017, TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ fibers became the first commercially available chemically recycled cellulose fibers. For these new fibers, up to one third of pulp is from post-industrial and post-consumer cotton textiles, which is combined with dissolving wood pulp from sustainably managed forests.

upcycling

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Unlike mechanically recycled cotton, there is no loss of quality or performance with TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ fibers. They retain the round cross-section, smooth fiber surface, and high tensile and tear strength of regular TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers.

naturally white

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Producing white fibers from recycled material often represents a challenge. Slightly grey or green shades are common unwanted outcomes on the market. TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ fibers are high-quality fibers and as white as the winter snow in Austria, where they are produced.

supply chain transparency

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Transparency requires the origin of the textile to be proven unequivocally. In order to assure customers that fiber contains recycled materials, Lenzing has decided to label the TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ fibers. This makes it possible to identify the TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ fibers in the final textile product. This supplies transparency throughout the processing chain. Lenzing’s special manufacturing system allows genuine TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers with REFIBRA™ technology to be identified in the final product, even after long and numerous steps along the value chain.

TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ leaflet

other technologies

Eco Clean technology

Eco Clean technology brings totally chlorine-free-bleached TENCEL™ Modal fibers to the textile industry, offering one of the most responsible and cleanest choices within all existing modal fibers.

Indigo Color technology

A one-step spun-dyeing process incorporates indigo pigment into TENCEL™ Modal fibers. This new product delivers long-lasting indigo color with greater convenience and multiple environmental benefits.

Micro technology

Among Lenzing’s Lyocell and Modal fiber portfolio, Micro technology offers an even finer quality of lightness and exquisite softness, producing lightweight fabrics, based on the their fine titer.

Eco Soft technology

TENCEL™ Modal fibers are produced by Eco Soft technology, offering exquisite softness to textiles.

Eco Color technology

This eco-responsible technology offers long-lasting color-fastness and design flexibility in textiles.

Eco Filament technology

As a step-change in wood-based cellulosic fiber technology, TENCEL™ Luxe introduces eco-botanic filaments.

Eco Clean technology

Eco Clean technology brings totally chlorine-free-bleached TENCEL™ Modal fibers to the textile industry, offering one of the most responsible and cleanest choices within all existing modal fibers.

Indigo Color technology

A one-step spun-dyeing process incorporates indigo pigment into TENCEL™ Modal fibers. This new product delivers long-lasting indigo color with greater convenience and multiple environmental benefits.

Micro technology

Among Lenzing’s Lyocell and Modal fiber portfolio, Micro technology offers an even finer quality of lightness and exquisite softness, producing lightweight fabrics, based on the their fine titer.

Eco Soft technology

TENCEL™ Modal fibers are produced by Eco Soft technology, offering exquisite softness to textiles.

Eco Color technology

This eco-responsible technology offers long-lasting color-fastness and design flexibility in textiles.

Eco Filament technology

As a step-change in wood-based cellulosic fiber technology, TENCEL™ Luxe introduces eco-botanic filaments.

news & events

17 / 05 / 2022
Lenzing boosts circularity and traceability through collaboration with UTEXBEL
27 / 04 / 2022
TENCEL™ brand launches Tree Climate fabric collection for sustainable outdoor apparel
12 / 04 / 2022
Lenzing E-Branding masterclass – customer training on the pulse of time
07 / 04 / 2022
Sustainability in the making: Lenzing Group and Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto collaborate to bring together art, know-how, commitment and innovation
06 / 04 / 2022
TENCEL™ Insights: The sustainable revolution for the world’s best-known fabric: Denim
01 / 04 / 2022
TENCEL™ celebrates 30 years of strong partnerships
31 / 03 / 2022
Celebrating 30 years of forest-to-fabric innovation with TENCEL™
08 / 03 / 2022
Lenzing E-Branding Service’s new features provide customers added value and improved user experience
03 / 03 / 2022
Lenzing successfully opens world’s largest lyocell plant in Thailand
28 / 02 / 2022
TENCEL™ and VEOCEL™ showcase sustainable fiber applications to next generation at Eco Pro Exhibition in Japan
28 / 02 / 2022
TENCEL™ Insights: Be kind to yourself, and kinder to our planet
27 / 01 / 2022
TENCEL™ celebrates 30 years of sustainable fiber innovation
20 / 12 / 2021
TENCEL™ Insight Q&A: Textile Exchange positively impacts climate change with support of TENCEL™’s #MakeItFeelRight campaign
13 / 12 / 2021
The TENCEL™ brand reveals carbon-zero fiber innovations at Intertextile Shanghai Autumn 2021
08 / 12 / 2021
TENCEL™ introduces performance fabric with 100% cellulose fibers
01 / 12 / 2021
Lenzing shows at Première Vision 2021 in its first physical trade fair in two years
27 / 10 / 2021
World-renowned marine research institute confirms biodegradability of LENZING™ fibers
15 / 10 / 2021
Lenzing diversifies denim offering with launch of new matte TENCEL™ branded lyocell fibers
06 / 10 / 2021
Trust, but verify. Why brands need to care about certification in an age of enhanced consumer transparency (Part 2)
05 / 10 / 2021
Trust, but verify. Why brands need to care about certification in an age of enhanced consumer transparency (Part 1)
17 / 05 / 2022
Lenzing boosts circularity and traceability through collaboration with UTEXBEL
27 / 04 / 2022
TENCEL™ brand launches Tree Climate fabric collection for sustainable outdoor apparel
12 / 04 / 2022
Lenzing E-Branding masterclass – customer training on the pulse of time
07 / 04 / 2022
Sustainability in the making: Lenzing Group and Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto collaborate to bring together art, know-how, commitment and innovation
06 / 04 / 2022
TENCEL™ Insights: The sustainable revolution for the world’s best-known fabric: Denim
01 / 04 / 2022
TENCEL™ celebrates 30 years of strong partnerships
31 / 03 / 2022
Celebrating 30 years of forest-to-fabric innovation with TENCEL™
08 / 03 / 2022
Lenzing E-Branding Service’s new features provide customers added value and improved user experience
03 / 03 / 2022
Lenzing successfully opens world’s largest lyocell plant in Thailand
28 / 02 / 2022
TENCEL™ and VEOCEL™ showcase sustainable fiber applications to next generation at Eco Pro Exhibition in Japan
28 / 02 / 2022
TENCEL™ Insights: Be kind to yourself, and kinder to our planet
27 / 01 / 2022
TENCEL™ celebrates 30 years of sustainable fiber innovation
20 / 12 / 2021
TENCEL™ Insight Q&A: Textile Exchange positively impacts climate change with support of TENCEL™’s #MakeItFeelRight campaign
13 / 12 / 2021
The TENCEL™ brand reveals carbon-zero fiber innovations at Intertextile Shanghai Autumn 2021
08 / 12 / 2021
TENCEL™ introduces performance fabric with 100% cellulose fibers
01 / 12 / 2021
Lenzing shows at Première Vision 2021 in its first physical trade fair in two years
27 / 10 / 2021
World-renowned marine research institute confirms biodegradability of LENZING™ fibers
15 / 10 / 2021
Lenzing diversifies denim offering with launch of new matte TENCEL™ branded lyocell fibers
06 / 10 / 2021
Trust, but verify. Why brands need to care about certification in an age of enhanced consumer transparency (Part 2)
05 / 10 / 2021
Trust, but verify. Why brands need to care about certification in an age of enhanced consumer transparency (Part 1)

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