Viscose is manufactured from natural botanic cellulosic sources, including wood, bamboo and cotton, etc. It has been widely used in textile and non-woven hygienic materials.
Viscose is 100% biodegradable. Viscose is high purity cellulose, which is a naturally occurring material. Glucose, the energy source in most living organisms from bacteria to human, is the only basic unit that forms viscose. A wide array of microorganisms exists in our natural environmental (e.g. soil) that digest viscose and turn it ultimately into CO2 and water.
Viscose is not only biodegradable, but also renewable. It comes from natural botanic sources, growth of which captures CO2 from atmosphere. Viscose has a better carbon sequestration rate compared with other natural fibres, such as cotton. The annual yield rate of viscose is 5,000 kg per hectare, while that of cotton is maximal 800 kg per hectare. The life cycle of viscose plantations is about 6-8 years, ensuring constant supply.
For the Future
Improved living standards has shifted the clothing and furnishing consumption concept back to nature. As a typical material of plant-based fibres, viscose by virtue of its natural attribute and unique properties is widely applied in textile and garment, from underwear, shirt, dresses to windbreakers and jackets. Viscose witnesses the highest growth among all textiles fibres in recent years and the annual demand growth is predicted to maintain 8% over the next few years.
Flowing with Lustre
Viscose possesses good lustre and excellent drapability, and has historically been a substitute for silk which is limited in supply. The chic and luxurious look as well as supreme drapability makes viscose clothing perfectly fitting the body.
Soft and Comfortable
Viscose fibre has a unique surface groove structure that makes it highly absorbent and soft in touch. Textiles made from viscose is especially comfortable, gentle and smooth.
As a cellulosic material, viscose fibre is highly breathable and hygroscopic. Perspiration can be absorbed quickly and allowed to evaporate away, leaving the skin dry and cool.
Viscose has a standard moisture content of 11%, which is very close to that of human skin, making it comfortable to wear, and never making your skin dry or coarse. High moisture content also prevents electrostatic build-up. Research has shown that prolonged exposure to static electricity can increase blood alkalinity, resulting in itch and rash, and upsetting the physiological balance of the human body. Viscose in textile can reduce risks of skin allergies.
Viscose is manufactured from purified cellulosic pulp, resulting in reduced force between cellulose and grease stains. Stains can quickly dissipate during washing.
At the same time, because the fiber is manufactured from extensive processing of wood pulp that includes skimming, it’s resistant to grease stains and is able to quickly dissipate water, preventing the fabric from sticking to the body.
Variety of Styles
Viscose is highly adaptable, with the flexibility to be blended with cotton, wool, silk, linen or other synthetic fibres to create new fabric properties.
Viscose has a wide range of application as various styles can be created by adjusting fibre specifications and yarn blending compositions. By controlling the length and thickness of the viscose fibres as well as the thread count of viscose yarns, many combinations of fabric properties can be achieved. Viscose fibre with longer length can simulate wool in fabric, creating soft and warm appearance Medium length viscose fibre is suitable for cotton style textile - supple, delicate, elegant and drapes well. By adjusting its fineness, viscose fibre can be used to custom-make yarns of different styles. The high-count yarn made of fine denier fibre has smooth surface, less hairiness and high strength, resulting in a fabric surface that is smooth and glossy. The coarse yarn count products bring a natural pleasant hand feel of ruggedness and freshness, especially when blended with different synthetic fibres.
By adjusting the fineness and length of the fibre with different spinning technologies, viscose can simulate the traits of various fibres. It brings warmth and comfort in the winter, provides breathability and minimizes body heat retention in the summer.
Viscose’s molecular weight and structure lead to great water absorbency and enable it to take dyes very well, bringing about rich and vivid colours without losing its natural lustre.
Cellulosic fibre is the only fibre from botanical sources that can carry functional additives in the fibre rather than on fibre surface only, ensuring performance durability. Some examples of added functionalities are anti-bacterial, flame-retardant, infra-red heat retention and Phase Change Material (PCM) properties.