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October 24, 2022

Lenzing strengthens ambitions in textile recycling with CISUTAC

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing Group has become a partner of the recently-launched CISUTAC (Circular and Sustainable Textile and Clothing) project co-funded by the European Union (EU).

By Michelle Russell

Lenzing believes joining CISUTAC will reinforce its commitment to circularity. The company will focus on the development of recycling processes for cellulose fibres in line with its own corporate strategy.

The new consortium was established in September to support the transition to a circular and sustainable textile sector and, as well as Lenzing, the 27 consortium members of CISUTAC include the industry association Euratex, textile company Inditex, PVH, Decathlon and non-governmental organisation Oxfam.

“At Lenzing, we work hard on a daily basis to make our industry more sustainable and promote the transformation of the textile business from a linear to a circular model. This approach is firmly anchored in our strategy and corporate values. Thus, I am delighted that as a champion of sustainability, we can also make a valuable contribution by participating in this project thanks to our commitment and the solutions we offer,” says Stephan Sielaff, CEO of the Lenzing Group.

Sonja Zak, head of circularity initiative at Lenzing, adds: “Effective textile recycling is one of the most important and complex core issues facing the textile industry in the years to come. By pooling expertise and working with partners along the value chain, we can accelerate this vital process and forge ahead with finding solutions.”

The aim of the consortium is to prevent, identify and eliminate barriers to the circularity of the clothing chain. In recent years, Lenzing has set itself the target of actively promoting circularity, reducing the consumption of resources, avoiding environmental pollution and waste, increasing value creation and resource efficiency, and mitigating the negative social impact on people. These goals have always been firmly anchored in the company’s strategy.

CISUTAC aims to remove current bottlenecks in order to enhance textile circularity in Europe. Its goal is to minimise the sector’s total environmental impact by developing sustainable, novel and inclusive large-scale European value chains.

To further promote the issue of circularity, Lenzing signed a cooperation agreement with the Swedish pulp producer Södra in 2021 to pool their knowledge and jointly develop new processes for recycling used textiles.

The company also recently became the latest to sign the Dutch Denim Deal to help accelerate circularity in the denim chain.

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