As UK market manager for Lenzing Fibres, a world leader in cellulosic technology, Campbell Bland has responsibility for the markets in the UK and Turkey, as well as working as project manager for TENCEL® in workwear and corporatewear.
presentation by examining how certain fibres that were thought to be sustainable may not be so because of processing procedures - and he
cited dyeing as an example.
then contrasted this with fibres derived from wood pulp from responsibly managed forests, which remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and emit oxygen.
introduced the concept of the cellulosic cycle - essentially starting with photosynthesis, growing trees and on to wood pulp, then creating the fibre, its use in fabrics and garments before its disposal (which could involve composting) and back to photosynthesis.
discussed the properties of the company's Lenzing FR® and TENCEL® fibres, explaining why both were suitable for workwear.
FR® is made by the viscose process in which Lenzing maintains eco processes throughout," he
So much so, in fact, that the water used in the Lenzing facility is returned to the river from which it is taken originally as drinking water standard."The fibre is made from beech trees grown in sustainable, managed forests and then cut and pulped," he
"Our pulp production is totally self-sufficient and in fact generates surplus energy, which is used to provide some of the power for the factory."
attention to TENCEL®, Campbell
said: "TENCEL® is the most environmentally responsible manufacturing production process available to date.
It uses lyocell technology based on eucalyptus trees and is a closed loop technology."
Commenting on its properties, he
explained that the fibre offered comfort, through breathability and moisture absorption, and performance, through colour absorption, stability, strength, together with abrasion and pilling resistance making ideal for use in workwear.