Lenzing has collaborated with Solvay to develop a new fabric. The back of the innovative fabric is made of Lenzing’s Tencel Lyocell fiber derived from renewable, responsibly managed wood sources while the front is enhanced by Solvay’s Amni Soul eco yarn, which is the world’s first biodegradable polyamide 6.6 fiber.
Lenzing is an Austrian cellulosic fiber producer. Solvay is an international chemical and fiber group. The new fabric is designed to optimise the benefits of the two fibers. Since it is in direct contact with the skin, Tencel Lyocell offers microscopic fibrils of cellulosic fibers with cross sections structured to regulate the absorption and release of moisture providing breathability that supports the body’s natural thermal regulation. Also, it provides a less favorable environment for bacterial growth, enhancing the fabric that possesses better hygiene qualities.
On the fabric front, Amni Soul eco polyamide provides better abrasion resistance with great benefits in terms of dimensional stability, color retention and drying speed. Where other polyamide fibers take decades to decompose, Amni Soul Eco is designed in such a way that it biodegrades in around five years when disposed off in well-controlled landfills. The combination of Tencel active fibers and Solvay’s Amni Soul Eco polyamide fibers enhances biodegradability, which in turn results in a more sustainable, comfortable, easy-care fabric that advances the concept of the circular economy.