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REFIBRA™ technology

contributing to the circular economy in textiles

(LENZING™ Lyocell RB) The pioneering REFIBRA™ technology involves upcycling a substantial proportion of cotton scraps e.g. from garment production, in addition to wood pulp, where the raw material is transformed to produce new virgin TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers to make fabrics and garments: REFIBRA™ technology produces LENZING Lyocell RB which LENZING™ is a trademark used for specific fiber type naming.
Based on the 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.

keep it circulating

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. Lenzing is the first producer of wood-based cellulosic fibers offering Global Recycling Standard (GRS) and the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) offering perfect transparency for the materials used during production.

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™ 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.

TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ leaflet

other technologies

Eco Pure technology

Eco Pure 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.

Micro technology

Among Lenzing’s Lyocell and Modal fiber portfolio, Micro technology offers even a 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 Pure technology

Eco Pure 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.

Micro technology

Among Lenzing’s Lyocell and Modal fiber portfolio, Micro technology offers even a 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.

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