Viscose fabric is one of the world’s most well-known textiles because it is both durable and soft to the touch. The fact that viscose is a renewable and fully biodegradable alternative to acrylic, nylon, polyester, and other petroleum-based synthetic fabrics, which can sit in landfills for decades, explains its popularity.
Viscose-rayon is also becoming a more popular choice for designers, and demand for it as a sustainable fashion fabric is growing. Sustainable fashion refers to clothing that is produced in a responsible manner that respects the environment and the communities in which it is produced.
How is Viscose Made?
Viscose rayon, which is made entirely of wood cellulose, has the look and feel of silk and the comfort, breathability, and absorbency of cotton. The viscose manufacturing process begins with dissolving the wood in a pulp solution, followed by filtering, washing, cutting, and drying. This solution is then treated once more to produce fibre. It is then spun into yarn and woven or knitted into viscose rayon fabric.
What Are the Characteristics of Viscose?
Viscose is a great option if you’re looking for a lightweight material with a nice drape, a lustrous finish, and a soft feel. It also blends well with other fibres like cotton, polyester, and spandex.
Absorbent: Viscose rayon does not trap heat, but it also absorbs water and sweat nicely, making it great for t-shirts and active wear.
Lightweight: Viscose is light and airy, making it ideal for blouses and summer dresses.
Breathable: It’s a very light fabric, so it’s optimal for warm-weather clothing.
Soft: While the material looks like silk, it feels like cotton.
Maintains Shape: The fabric is not elastic, but it can be blended with other textiles to add stretch, such as spandex.
Easy to dye: Viscose can hold dye without fading, even after long-term use and washes.
The natural fibres of viscose are hypo-allergenic, sensitive skin.
Sustainable fashion refers to clothing that is produced in a responsible manner that respects the environment and the communities in which it is produced. APR viscose uses carefully sourced pulp from trees that come from FSC-certified forests, with minimal impact on the environment as the trees are grown organically without pesticides. Growing trees helps to improve soil quality, prevent soil erosion and retain water.
Our viscose fabrics are produced using the ‘Closed Loop’ system and adhere to strict environmental policies. This reduces the amount of waste in producing the fibres and the fabric manufacturing units have water treatment plants that treat the processing water before releasing it back into the environment.
Viscose garment will last a seriously long time, and will naturally decompose in soil. This fact is in line with APR2030. The vision is based on four pillars of commitments, focused around positive impacts on climate and nature, clean manufacturing, circularity, and inclusive communities. These commitments are supported by 19 specific targets to be achieved by 2030.
About Asia Pacific Rayon
Asia Pacific Rayon (APR), based in Indonesia, is Asia’s first fully integrated viscose rayon producer, from plantation to viscose fibre. APR, which has a capacity of 300,000 tons per year, is located in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau province, Indonesia, alongside pulp supplier APRIL. APR and APRIL are both part of a group of companies managed by RGE, a Singapore-based resource-based group. APR’s bespoke traceability platform, followourfibre. com, lets APR’s customers and ultimately consumers to trace fibre back to where it was grown. The full transparency of its supply chain is visible on the app on the company’s website. These initiatives are all part of APR’s commitment to becoming a leading and responsible viscose staple fibre producer and providing value to our customers.