Botanic Fibers Producer Receives EU Ecolabel For Indonesian Production Plant

The Lenzing Group, a leading provider of specialty cellulose fibers for the textile and nonwoven industries, has received certification from the internationally recognized EU Ecolabel for its fibers at its Indonesian site.

The EU Ecolabel is recognized in all member states of the European Union, as well as Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland. The voluntary label, introduced by an EU regulation in 1992 has gradually become a reference point for consumers who want to help reduce pollution by purchasing more environmentally-friendly products and services.

The accreditation means that Lenzing fibers produced in Purwakarta Indonesia meet high environmental standards. The product portfolio of the group thus expands and qualifies for the production of Lenzing Ecovero brand fibers for textiles and Veocel brand fibers for nonwoven applications.

By switching its previous production capacities to specialty viscose, Lenzing says it is now in a better position to serve the strongly growing demand for environmentally friendly viscose fibers.

A substantial investment of €100 million to modernise the Indonesian site has enabled Lenzing to significantly reduce its specific emissions. In addition, the site recently began sourcing energy from renewable sources and is driving the conversion to biomass in line with Lenzing’s goals of reducing group-wide carbon emissions per ton of product sold by 50% by 2030 and achieving carbon-neutral production by 2050.

“We are working tirelessly to make the industries in which we operate even more sustainable and to drive the transformation of the textile business model from a linear to circular. I am therefore very pleased that we have now received the EU Ecolabel, which once again confirms our sustainability performance,” said Stephan Sielaff, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenzing Group.

“Our investments in Indonesia, as well as in other Lenzing sites around the world, put us in an even better position to meet the growing demand for specialty fibers with low environmental impact.”

Viscose fibers for textiles and for nonwovens have been proven to cause significantly less greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution than conventional viscose. At the Indonesian site, Lenzing also plans to produce the innovative Lenzing and Ecovero Black fibers in the future, which also require less energy and water in the textile chain thanks to the spun-dyeing process and thus also have a lower carbon footprint in their life cycle as a textile product.