Fiber4Fiber: video highlights traceable and sustainable cellulosic fibres
CeNTI released a video about the Fiber4Fiber Project, disclosing the production process of eucalyptus-based cellulosic textile fibres. The presentation also highlights the advantages of these traceable products and their impact on the economy and the environment.
The animation emphasises the weaknesses of the current fibre market, made up mostly of polyester (60%) - from fossil fuels, non-biodegradable and potentially releasing toxic microfibers - and cotton (30%), whose production consumes immense natural resources and uses pesticides intensively. The remaining fibres, including cellulosic ones, represent only 10%.
Several factors underlie this reality, such as the inability of the industry to convert the dissolving pulp (DWP) resulting from the transformation of Eucalyptus globulus wood into cellulosic fibres (Lyocell and Viscose). Currently, the DWP is generated in Portugal but sent to other countries outside Europe to produce textile fibres and technical yarns. After this process, these products are sent to Europe for being used in textile manufacturing.
Thus, Fiber4Fiber emerged to present an alternative: optimise the DWP preparation process. The Project's main objectives include enabling the local production of fibres, shortening the logistics chain, and promoting national innovation and a more environmentally friendly European textile industry.
In addition, the consortium, made up of the company Caima, CeNTI and CITEVE - Centro Tecnológico Têxtil e Vestuário, intends to go even further, introducing traceability agents in the DWP or in the DWP dissolution step. This technology will make it possible to identify, along the value chain, the origin of the fibres, making it possible to distinguish it as being sustainable and coming from responsible management.
Fiber4Fiber is co-financed by Portugal 2020 under the Competitiveness and Internationalisation Operational Programme (COMPETE 2020) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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