KELHEIM - Bavarian viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has once again secured a leading position in Canopy's Hot Button Ranking system.

With an increase of 2.5 points in the 2021 evaluation, Kelheim tied for third place out of around 40 viscose fibre manufacturers worldwide and a dark green/green shirt for the second year running.

As well as responsible raw material sourcing, the Hot Button Report is also regarded as an overall sustainability indicator for viscose fibre producers.

In the areas of transparency and procurement, the NGO Canopy, which is committed to the preservation of ancient and endangered forests, awarded Kelheim Fibres top points; Kelheim is the only EMAS-certified viscose fibre manufacturer worldwide and publishes all environmentally relevant data publicly.

Kelheim Fibres also gained points in the area of "Next Generation Solutions" - the use of alternative raw materials in fibre production. Together with the Swedish textile recycling company Renewcell, the fibre experts are planning to realise the large-scale production of high-quality viscose fibres from up to 10,000 tonnes of the 100% textile recyclate Circulose per year.

"As a manufacturing company, we take our responsibility towards the environment very seriously," said Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres. "Sustainable action must begin with the raw materials on which our products are based. Trees, and in particular the ancient and endangered forests of our planet, play an important role in climate protection as carbon reservoirs, as well as for biodiversity and many other ecological processes. It is our duty to protect this valuable and irreplaceable resource.

"We are very proud of our position in the Hot Button Ranking and will expand our pioneering role even further in the future."

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