Natural and renewable resources – an option for trims?
Mar 15, 2022
The textile sector is transforming its approach to environmental sustainability, reevaluating how it produces and consumes fibres and textiles. There is an increased emphasis on the use of recycled and natural fibres in an effort to reduce its environmental impact. But should the use of these fibers only be considered for garments, or are they a viable option for trims and labels too?
What are natural fibres?
We’ve all heard about organic cotton, but are there other options, also for trims using natural fibres? As an essential part of the supply chain, Trimco Group makes sure organic fibres, natural and regenerative fibres are amongst the choices and solutions within trims and variable data solutions, where labels can match the needs of any brand with a focus on a better future.
SeaCell™ – the gift of the ocean
Completely vegan, SeaCell™ is an extraordinary fibre made from a rich and sustainable resource – seaweed. Known for its properties, seaweed is a rich source of calcium, iron and several vitamins and contains antimicrobial nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties. What about the fabric, you might wonder? Produced by smartfiber AG, the SeaCell™ fibre is an innovative mix of seaweed that is first washed, dried, ground, and then added into the cellulose fibre, which turns into a yarn. The harvesting process is very selective, focusing only on the part of the plant that can regenerate. Both cellulose and seaweed are considered sustainable raw materials, the result being completely biodegradable.
SeaCell™ has a range of different advantages such as:
· It is biodegradable
· 100% organic and environmentally friendly
· Gentle to the skin and thus allergy-friendly, great for sensitive skin types
EcoCosy® – A cosy touch for the skin and environment
Another great option in the world of organic fibres is EcoCosy. This wood-based cellulosic fibre is, just like SeaCell, hypoallergenic and gentle to the skin, biodegradable and entirely sourced from certified wood plantations. To top it off, EcoCosy® is the first viscose manufacturer, according to their website, to have completed the Higg Index FEM 3.0 assessment, with an average score of over 90%. At the same time, the fibre guarantees it is free of harmful substances by throwing in the Oeko-Tex certification in the ring.
· EcoCosy® sets itself apart in this way by:
· Being biodegradable and compostable with no negative consequences on plants and vegetable growth
· Having all certifications needed for a guaranteed quality
· Features great comfort and advantages for sensitive skin and kind to the environment.
Embracing a Circular Economy: The Sustainable Innovation of TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™
Another interesting material is the TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ technology, which revolutionizes the production process by implementing a closed-loop system where all chemicals and solvents are reused, eliminating waste. This innovative approach ensures that no harmful substances seep into our environment, thereby reducing pollution.
The ground-breaking REFIBRA™ technology repurposes cotton remnants from garment manufacturing, converting them into cotton pulp. Remarkably, up to one-third of this recycled pulp is combined with wood pulp, creating a unique raw material blend. This mix is subsequently transformed into new, pristine TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers. Recognized as a great alternative for man-made cellulosic fibers, this inventive material and recycling process ensure your garments remain part of the circular economy. By incorporating TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ labels in products, brands can facilitate a circular economy though better recycling of textiles.
Neck labels and different trims can be designed using SeaCell™, EcoCosy® and other innovative fibres. If you want to know more about how Trimco Group can help you with this, get in touch to know more.