Conventional Viscose

We avoid the use of fibers from ancient and endangered forests

Sourcing wood pulp to produce viscose has been identified as a major driver in global deforestation. Additional environmental abuses are seen further down the supply chain, as the production process is highly chemically intensive. There is clear evidence that viscose manufacturers are dumping untreated wastewater, leading to contamination of lakes and waterways. 1

Why We Choose Not To Use Conventional Viscose

  • Estimates vary, but somewhere between 120 and 150 million trees are logged every year and turned into cellulosic fabric. Between 2013 and 2020, it is expected that the number of trees being logged every year and turned into fabric such as viscose will have doubled. 2 + 3

  • The toxic and endocrine-disrupting chemical carbon disulphide, still widely used in the production of viscose, has been linked to numerous severe health conditions, most notoriously its capacity to cause insanity in factory workers but also illnesses ranging from Parkinson’s disease to heart attack and stroke. 4

Footnotes

1. cm-report-dirty-viscose-spotlight-china-english-final-web.pdf
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