16/03/2020 – Comfortemp Lyocell padding — auf Deutsch lesen
Freudenberg to unveil first ever 100 percent biodegradable padding
The first fully biodegradable padding made from sustainably produced cellulose fiber that completely degrades in soil within just under 60 days.
Comfortemp Lyocell padding is the result of a cooperative venture with the fiber manufacturer Lenzing.
The degradation of polyester, which is contained in 60 percent of all garments, takes an average of 500 years. In addition to reduced consumption, more recycling and increasing the quality of garments to ensure that they can be worn for longer, innovative ecological solutions are urgently needed for the end of the garment life cycle.
Environmentally friendly production process
The padding is based on Lyocell, which is manufactured by fiber producer Lenzing. Lyocell is a cellulose produced from natural raw materials in an environmentally friendly production process using eucalyptus wood from sustainable forests. The solvent used to obtain the fibers is almost completely reused in the production cycle, which is a clear advantage over other cellulose fibers such as viscose. The EU has presented the process with the European Award for the Environment.
Benoit Cugnet, Head of Global Strategic Marketing at Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel:
“Although the end consumer usually rarely sees or even thinks about the padding, it makes a decisive contribution. After all, it needs to offer protection in all weathers and be able to handle all kinds of sporting activities. This innovation is the result of intensive research and close cooperation between Freudenberg and Lenzing. As an ecologically responsible manufacturer of special fibers from the renewable raw material wood, the Lenzing Group is a perfect partner for Freudenberg.”
Warm, soft, light
The fine fibers created from the natural raw material and their innovative processing enable comfortemp Lyocell padding to be as light as a feather and as efficient as synthetic paddings. The thermal insulation provides warmth and is both soft and highly breathable. Thanks to its excellent moisture management, the padding absorbs body moisture up to 45 percent and thus minimizes perspiration. The thermal insulation is also water-repellent, dries quickly, is antistatic and conforms to the Oeko-Tex 100 standard. Consequently, comfortemp Lyocell padding meets the high demands placed on clothing for sports and outdoor use.
Consistent quality, easy processing
The cohesive padding prevents fiber migration through the outer fabric and is offered by the meter. This means less time and cost for the industry and no cold bridges at the seams for the end consumer.