Fiber firm Lenzing and specialty chemical group Solvay partnered to create a new fabric made of Tencel-branded lyocell and Amni Soul Eco polyamide, a sustainable, biodegradable material that offers performance technology and exceptional durability.
A double-facing fabric, its front is enhanced by Solvay’s Amni Soul Eco, the first polyamide 6.6 fiber with improved biodegradability, while its back is made of Tencel Active lycocell fibers derived from renewable, responsibly managed wood sources, all according to Lenzing. “While other polyamide fibers take decades to decompose, Amni Soul Eco branded fibers are designed to biodegrade in around five years when disposed of in well-controlled landfills,” the company said.
Due to the Tencel, its fabric also features microscopic fibrils of cellulosic fibers with cross-sections that are structured to regulate the absorption and release of moisture, the company said, which enables greater breathability, in addition to providing a “less favorable” environment for bacterial growth. And Solvay’s Amni Soul Eco polyamide offers better abrasion resistance; dimensional stability; color retention and drying speed, the company said.
Andreas Guertler, head of global business management activewear at Lenzing, said of the collaboration, “The combination of Tencel Active fibers, which is derived from renewable wood sources using sustainable production processes, and Solvay’s Amni Soul Eco polyamide fibers enhances biodegradability results into a more sustainable, comfortable, easy-care fabric that advances the concept of circular economy. Future collaborations with Solvay will focus on Tencel Lyocell with Refibra technology, our newest fiber innovation made from upcycled cotton scraps and wood pulp, and Amni Soul Eco polyamide to further reduce our environmental impact.”
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