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April 27, 2020

Eastman and Formosa release CanopyStyle fibre audits

Two man-made cellulosic fibre producers – Eastman Chemical Company and Formosa Chemical and Fibre Corporation – have completed and published the first of their annual CanopyStyle audit reports outlining their policies to stop sourcing their raw materials from ancient and endangered forests.

By Beth Wright

Two man-made cellulosic fibre producers – Eastman Chemical Company and Formosa Chemical and Fibre Corporation – have completed and published the first of their annual CanopyStyle audit reports outlining their policies to stop sourcing their raw materials from ancient and endangered forests.

The report from US-based Eastman, which produces the Naia cellulose acetate fibre and is headquartered in Tennessee, shows it conducted an extensive risk assessment and sought out independent expert opinion to evaluate its sourcing practices and impacts on ancient and endangered forests.

In addition, the company is engaging in dialogue with one of its suppliers, Bracell, where Eastman has an indirect risk due to Bracell’s ownership association by parent company, Royal Golden Eagle Group. Canopy also notes the company has supported conservation initiatives and begun exploring the development of alternative fibres. 

Among its recommends are that Eastman sets clear targets for increasing the amount of fibre sourced that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, and continues to monitor its policy implementation.

Meanwhile, Taiwan based viscose staple fibre producer Formosa Chemical and Fibre Corporation (FCFC) has completed its first CanopyStyle Audit.

The report verifies that Formosa “swiftly prioritised” sourcing FSC-certified fibre since it adopted a wood procurement policy in spring 2019. While the audit does not fully confirm low risk of sourcing from ancient and endangered forests and other controversial sources due to a lack of information from some suppliers on origin of forest materials, the firm is working to implement its policy at all levels of operations.

Moving forward, Canopy recommends FCFC engages with suppliers on the issue, and continues to invest in research and development of impact alternative fibres, with the goal of inputting releasing a fibre line that contain these products.

Earlier this year, Canopy launched a ‘Next Generation Vision’ for viscose to support the investment in, creation, trial, and purchase of rayon and viscose products made from low-impact alternative fibres.

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