Austria-based cellulosic fiber manufacturer Lenzing Fibers has been awarded the Nordic Swan
Ecolabel. The Nordic Ecolabel — introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers, headquartered in
Sweden — certification system identifies products that have been produced in an environmentally
friendly manner. Lenzing is the first fiber producer globally to be certified, receiving
certification for its Grimsby, England; Heiligenkreuz, Austria; and Lenzing, Austria, production
facilities. The company also plans to expand the certification to include its Tencel® production
site in Mobile, Ala.
Under the Swan certification program, products are evaluated according to extensive criteria
including chemical usage; emission values; water consumption; land utilization and energy use;
product disposal; and product quality and functionality.
Lenzing Viscose® and Tencel fibers are derived from sustainable raw material and wood, and
are produced in a way that optimizes resource usage. Products composed of 100-percent Lenzing
Viscose or Tencel fibers are fully biodegradable.
November 11, 2008