Novozymes launches biopolishing for manmade cellulosic fibers

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2022-06-13 16:44:03 – Denmark

Denmark’s Novozymes has partnered with Fiberlife to offer bio-polishing for manmade cellulosic fibers (MMCF). It reduces fuzz and pilling in viscose, modal, and lyocell fabrics. Enzymes are used in biopolishing to remove loose fiber ends, resulting in a clean, new-looking surface that lasts at least 60 washes. It can also improve print quality in the everyday wash and wear situations.

After polyester and cotton, MMCF is the world's third most popular textile fiber. Nonetheless, it trails polyester and cotton with a market share of roughly 6%, owing to quality difficulties such as the materials developing fuzz and pills after only a few washes. According to the firm, this gives the clothing a worn appearance and influences buyers' perceptions of quality and sustainability.

Circular fashion begins with waste-free production that is free of water contamination, pollutants, and chemicals. Novozymes' biodegradable enzymes contribute to this by lowering the usage of water and chemicals in manufacturing.

Investing in clothes that will last longer is critical to reducing the environmental effect of the fashion industry. Fiberlife may assist textile businesses in improving quality and sustainability while strengthening the connection with a growing number of eco-conscious consumers.

MMCF fibers are derived mostly from renewable wood and can aid in the transition away from oil-derived synthetic fibers. According to Novozymes, Fiberlife can help the fashion sector decrease its environmental footprint by prolonging the quality and durability of MMFC fabrics.

The microfibrils that protrude from cellulose-based fibers are microscopic hairs from these textiles' fibers. They cause fluff and pilling, making the fabric surface feel rough and trapping dirt, reducing cleanness. Colors and whites appear less brilliant because of both the trapped dirt and the microfibrils themselves. Before, during, or after dyeing, textile mills polish cellulose-based materials.

Dina Lipp, global marketing manager at Novozymes, said that along with material selection, the active life of the garment is an important aspect in determining its climatic effect. Fiberlife gives MMCF textiles the wash and wear durability that consumers expect, extending the time the clothes appear and feel fresh. This is a better option for the fashion and textile industries, customers, and the environment.

Pedro E G Loureiro, global business development manager at Novozymes, said at Novozymes, strives to develop innovative solutions for the textile and apparel industries. That is why they have been working hard to enable MMCF biopolishing for viscose, modal, and lyocell. They believe that textile makers have a significant opportunity to increase the lifespan of MMCF textiles, ultimately offering consumers longer-lasting garments made of fibers from nature.

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