The benefits of botanic fibers for agriculture on land are evident and the fiber also may find use in aquatic applications. The inherent strength makes it an ideal fiber for net structures for shellfish farming. Lenzing has tested mussel nets and socks made using Lenzing Lyocell fibers with great success and these botanic nets currently are in use in the Adriatic Sea.Sustainability advantages in aquatic farming are evident when the netting is housed in the oceanic ecosystem. If pieces of the nets break off, they harmlessly will decompose rather than building up in the ocean. The fiber is strong enough to withstand the long mussel growth season and provides a reliable infrastructure on which the shellfish can thrive. The new nets also stand up to the mechanical rigors of harvesting and processing. After harvesting and processing, the nets can be composted to close the sustainability loop. If they are just discarded instead, botanic nets will biodegrade in seawater or in soil.The botanic fibers are exceedingly pure and free of potentially harmful chemical contaminants. They are tested according to stringent European Union criteria for materials that come into contact with food. Therefore, they can be used without concern in a wide variety of food applications, which includes food packaging. Net bags made using Lenzing botanic fibers provide clean, sustainable packaging that meets all performance criteria. Lenzing for packaging completes a sustainability statement for farmers trying to present their produce, fruit and vegetables, or other foodstuffs to consumers as healthier, cleaner, or more environmentally responsible
While Lenzing has borrowed extensively from its textile heritage to develop botanic innovations for the agriculture market, the companyâ€™s new business unit also intends to close the loop back to technical textiles and industrial applications. â€œWe are just beginning to develop the extensive opportunities to work with the agriculture industry to improve farming sustainability, reduce the burdens plastic use places on landfills and oceans, and to offer consumers more botanic options,â€ Crnoja-Cosic said. â€œThe knowledge we gain from agriculture will help us expand applications for technical textiles as well.â€ companies address the increasing calls-to-action from consumers, NGOs, governments and market leaders.â€œLenzing has shown that botanic fibers provide a highly effective and sustainable option, and we are eager to partner with companies who want to make the switch to environmentally considerate materials,â€ concluded Crnoja-Cosic
Marina Crnoja-Cosic head of the business unit said that, â€œThe agriculture industry is coming under scrutiny by consumers, regulators, and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] for its plastic waste generation,â€ Also added that,â€œThe industry puts out about 5 million metric tons of plastic waste a year with approximately 60 percent of that waste going into our oceans.â€ In light of those figures, many agriculture industry leaders and governments, particularly in Europe and North America, are looking for change
Technical textiles obviously are a market where wood-based fibers from Lenzing can deliver the same functional performance as plastic without the environmental negatives. Currently, Lenzing is evaluating additional promising applications where sustainability meets demanding technical performance criteria required for coated fabrics, filters and even thermoplastic reinforcement and composite materials
Lenzing Group, a producer of high quality, botanic, cellulose fibers, has worked to expand its 80 years of experience creating sustainable textiles fibers to other markets. The Austria-based company established a stand-alone business unit to focus on inventive applications for its sustainable fiber technologies to new industries. The department of industrial applications has identified several areas of interest including footwear, technical textiles, technical nonwovens, packaging and filtration. However, agricultural applications are showing particular promise for reducing plastic use without sacrificing the performance farmers must have for successful operations. Botanic fibers also offer benefits in food applications
Made using renewable raw materials, manufactured in a resource-considerate, closed-loop process, and fully biodegradable in soil and seawater, botanic fibers like Lenzing fibers can help
Footwear offers exciting opportunities and is addressed in Lenzingâ€™s sole to lace commitment to finding botanic fiber solutions for shoes. Botanic fibers can offer a sustainable choice without sacrificing technical performance for many industries that currently rely heavily on plastics
LENZINGâ„¢ Lyocell fibers based on wood offer tremendous promise in agricultural applications. The fiberâ€™s sustainability profile is well-known. First, the raw material is wood harvested from responsibly managed and renewable forests. Next, the Lenzing Lyocell fibers are produced in a proprietary closed loop manufacturing process that is water and energy efficient and boasts almost 100-percent solvent recovery and recycling
In fact, this special manufacturing technique has earned Lenzing the â€œEuropean Award for the Environmentâ€ from the European Commission. The natural origins and responsible manufacturing methods combine to make the fiber extremely attractive for sustainable agriculture
Lenzing Lyocell fibers deliver on the industryâ€™s stringent performance requirements as well. The fibers are known across the textile industry for their tenacity. As an option to the other choices agricultural operations have, ropes and twines made out of Lenzing Lyocell fibers can deliver similar performance to the plastic-based product
Most importantly for agricultureâ€™s plastics issue, the Lenzing fiber is 100-percent biodegradable. That means that if agricultural products made using Lenzing Lyocell fibers end up in the trash, they will break down into harmless chemical components in a fairly short amount of time. And, perhaps more importantly, Lenzing Lyocell fibers have been proven to be 100-percent biodegradable in seawater as well. Thatâ€™s even better news for the planet and can reduce the burden that agricultural waste imposes on the oceanic ecosystem
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