Lenzing and Orange Fiber, an Italian company that has patented the pulp production process for citrus by-products, have unveiled the first Tencel brand lyocell fiber made from orange pulp and wood sources. With this new product, the companies aim to improve sustainability in the textile and fashion industry. As part of its new Tencel Limited Edition initiative, the Austrian specialty fiber producer Lenzing aims to reinvent the Tencel brand fibers with unconventional, sustainable raw materials.

The fibers will be included in a new fabric collection that Orange Fiber will launch in October 2021. “Our cooperation with Orange Fiber demonstrates Lenzing’s commitment to partnering for change,” said Gert Kroner, VP of global research and development for the Lenzing Group. “By upcycling waste materials such as orange peels in our products, we are taking proactive steps toward a more sustainable future and minimizing the environmental impact of waste.”