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Lenzing is commemorating 30 years as a prodigy in the zero-carbon textile sector

On January 26, 2022 - TENCEL, Lenzing's flagship textile brand, commemorated three decades of its sustainable fiber innovation. Since 1992, the brand has empowered business enterprises throughout the textile value chain to embrace more environmentally friendly processes.

Robert van de Kerkhof, Member of the Managing Board at Lenzing commented: “Aligning with the industry wide shift towards deeper levels of sustainability and transparency, in 2018, the brand evolved from a behind-the-scenes contributor to a front-facing player.”

Through the introduction of fiber identification technology, fabric certification, and licensing services supplied through the Lenzing E-Branding Service platform, the TENCEL™ brand has been a driving force towards full-scale supply chain transparency. The company has invested in patented technology to decrease environmental impact during textile production, as well as platforms to support stakeholders' sustainability aspirations.

Lenzing is dedicated to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, in addition to fostering supply chain transparency. While the company's focus in 2022 will be on delivering carbon-zero innovations that contribute meaningfully to the textile and fashion industries. The following decade is expected to see even more environmentally conscious innovations in order to turn Lenzing's 2050 vision into actuality.

The organization was named a global "sustainability champion" last year. As one of just 14 corporations in the world to obtain a "AAA '' grade from the global non-profit environmental organization CDP for environmental leadership in climate change, water security, and forest conservation. MSCI, a renowned rating agency, raised Lenzing's rating from "A" to "AA." As a result, Lenzing rates among the top 6% of organizations evaluated in their peer group. Lenzing gained platinum status in the EcoVadis CSR rating for the first time in 2021, placing it among the top one percent of firms evaluated globally in respect of the environment, fair working conditions and human rights, as well as ethics and sustainable procurement.

Lenzing increased its nonwovens businesses in 2021 as well. The introduction of the first TENCEL™ lyocell fibers derived from wood and orange fiber pulp. Lenzing's upcycling of orange peels as part of the TENCEL™ Limited Edition effort was a successful step toward developing innovative closed loop solutions. The debut of the first carbon-neutral fibers on the worldwide nonwovens market under the VEOCEL™ brand in the reporting year was another commodity breakthrough that exemplified Lenzing's ambitious approach towards climate protection.

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Lenzing debuted the Tree Climate fabric series by TENCEL™ on April 27 2022, curated by outdoor fabric innovators David Parkes and Marco Weichert. The collection highlights the adaptability and breadth of the company's wood-based lyocell fibers. According to the Higg Materials Sustainability Index, an industry-wide tool that assesses and reports the environmental impact of materials used in garments, the environmental footprint of fibers is one of the lowest of all materials.

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