KELHEIM - Viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has once again achieved a top position in this year's "Hot Button Report" released recently by environmental NGO Canopy.
Kelheim Fibres was again awarded with a dark green/green shirt in Canpoy's Hot Button Report and was able to improve its overall ranking by another 1.5 points compared to the previous year.
According to Kelheim, the inclusion in the Hot Button Report confirms the fibre manufacturer's leadership role when it comes to conserving Ancient and Endangered Forests. For example, Kelheim Fibres has once again increased the proportion of FSC-certified pulp in its production and confirmed in an audit that its supply chain is low-risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests. There was also credit for the active and public support of Canopy’s work, as well as research and development of low impact 'Next Generation' fibre solutions.
Furthermore, the Bavarians achieve top points in the areas of chemical management and transparency. As a member of the non-profit organisation ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals), Kelheim Fibres supports their goal of completely eliminating harmful substances from the textile value chain. Kelheim Fibres is also the only EMAS-validated viscose fibre manufacturer worldwide to regularly publish all relevant environmental data.
"We are proud to have improved again in the Hot Button Report and to be able to hold our own as a relatively small viscose fibre manufacturer among much larger companies," said Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres. "Our fibres are an environmentally friendly alternative to synthetic materials - of course, this is only possible because we also live the environmental concept in the sourcing of our raw materials and in all steps of production."
The company's speciality fibres are used in a range of diverse applications from fashion, hygiene and medical products to nonwovens and speciality papers.
All its fibres are made from 100% wood pulp from PEFC or FSC certified sources. They are fully biodegradable and offer an environmentally sound alternative to petroleum-based materials in a broad range of different end products – while maintaining or even enhancing the functional performance of the product.
The production takes place exclusively in Germany and complies with the strict German environmental legislation.