What are cellulosic fibres (part two): Man-made

What are cellulosic fibres (part two): Man-made

Stephanie Steele Friday, 1 May 2020

Now that you understand what a cellulosic fibre is, along with the feedstock sources of natural cellulosic fibres, we'll now dive in to what the man-made, or regenerated, cellulosic fibres are.

There are arguably more environmental issues involved in the production of man-made cellulosics, due to chemical input and strain on ancient forests, while natural cellulosics would arguably be more framed by ethical considerations due to the impact on smallholder farmers and traditional craft textiles. This lesson explores certain issues surrounding man-made cellulosic fibres, along with some innovations in play to improve this hefty textile market.

All of the takeaways can be found in the handy downloadable guide below.

In this video you'll learn:

  • A rundown of all of the man-made cellulosic fibres, including:
  • Rayon ~ cupro and viscose methods
  • Acetate and triacetate
  • Bamboo viscose and bamboo linen
  • Regenerated cellulosics Lyocell and Modal
  • Recycled cotton
  • The importance of forest and chemical management when producing man-made cellulosics
  • Classifying fibres with Made-By's Environmental Benchmark

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