A cellulose fibre called Refibra, created using cotton scraps and wood, has been launched by Lenzing at the Première Vision textile fair in Paris. It’s one of the first fibres of its kind produced at commercial scale using a high-volume of recycled material.
Created using a similar process to Tencel, a fibre recognised for low environmental impact, Refibra perhaps takes the next step in terms of proving the potential of creating effective fibres using materials that would normally be wasted during production.
This latest technical breakthrough builds on the concepts discussed in our recent piece, What does material innovation look like in a circular economy? It’s another example of the technological potential to re-purpose previously unusable material, and a promising development that has the potential to reduce waste across the value chain and reliance upon raw materials. However, it also needs to be lodged in a more effective overall system, if it is to achieve anything other than mediating the negative effects of the current linear economy.
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