TENCEL™ Modal fibre with Indigo Colour technology won 2022 ITMF Award for Sustainability and Innovation

The Lenzing Group, a world-leading provider of wood-based speciality fibres, will present the Young Scientist Award for outstanding research in the field of fibres and textiles for the first time in 2022.

The Indigo Colour technology features an innovative one-step, spun-dyeing process that delivers superior colour fastness relative to conventional indigo dyeing
Significant savings achieved in water, electricity and chemical usage during fibre production process enhances sustainability of finished products

20 September 2022 – Lenzing – Lenzing, the world’s leading supplier of sustainably produced speciality fibres, has been recognised in The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)’s ITMF Awards 2022 for its unwavering commitment towards paving sustainable practises for the denim industry. Paving a clear path towards a more sustainable denim industry, TENCEL™ Modal fibre with Indigo Colour technology was presented with the award for Sustainability and Innovation at the ITMF Annual Conference today in Davos, Switzerland.

First launched in 2021, TENCEL™ Modal fibre with Indigo Colour technology has been established as the foremost fibre solution to address the demand for more eco-responsible fibre alternatives among denim brands and retailers. The new technology incorporates indigo pigment directly into TENCEL™ branded modal fibres using a one-step, spun-dyeing process. Such process delivers superior colour fastness relative to conventional indigo dyeing. Compared with traditional rope-dyed indigo yarns, the production of TENCEL™ Modal fibre with Indigo Colour technology saves around 99% of water and electricity, 80% of chemicals and even 100% of heat energy, significantly reducing the ecological footprint of denim products.

“At Lenzing, sustainability and innovation are key drivers of our business, and it is truly an honour to be recognised by industry players and the ITMF Awards. Through a blend of eco-responsible materials and pioneering technology, we created a new benchmark for the denim industry with TENCEL™ Modal with Indigo Colour technology. We will continue to innovate our fibre offerings to address the rising demand for eco-responsible alternatives. With each fibre innovation, we are one step closer to reducing environmental impact of our textile industry ecosystem,” said Florian Heubrandner, Vice President Global Textiles Business at Lenzing AG.

TENCEL™ Modal with Indigo Colour technology fibres offer virtually endless possibilities, from denim to outerwear, active attire and footwear. Without the worry about harmful chemicals, the new fibres can even open up applications for indigo in baby items, such as clothing and sheets.

“While we continue to explore different washes, effects and fibre blends, we are open for innovation and what can be done. Beyond the denim market there are already commercial programmes in knitwear. With so many great minds and new ideas out in the market, this is an excellent opportunity to experiment with something new and lower the environmental footprint,” said Tricia Carey, Director of Global Business Development Denim and Americas, Lenzing AG.

To date, TENCEL™ Modal with Indigo technology has been designated BioPreferred® by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was certified with the EU Ecolabel.

For more information about TENCEL™ Modal fibers with Indigo Colour technology, please visit https://www.tencel.com/b2b/technologies/indigo-color-technology

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