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Sustainability and Certification: What You Need to Know

Eco-friendly Fabrics

When choosing the clothing, there’s a lot to consider, from price to eco-friendly fabric to fit. Many brands have begun to produce clothing made from environmentally friendly fabrics in recent years. Plant cellulose-derived viscose fabric, for example, is made from a renewable and biodegradable fibre.

Figure 1: Plant cellulose-derived viscose fabric, for example, is made from a renewable and biodegradable fibre.

It is a versatile and lightweight fabric, making it an excellent choice for garments. Furthermore, it dyes more easily, is breathable, and comfortable to wear, making it an ideal addition to anyone’s collection.

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, as a plant-based fiber, is not inherently toxic or polluting.

Viscose-rayon is 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.

APR viscose fibre offer an eco-responsible viscose garment with a low environmental impact. This is in line with APR2030 mission with four pillar of commitments: positive impacts on climate and nature, clean manufacturing, circularity, and inclusive communities.

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 viscose begins with wood pulp from 100% PEFC certified suppliers. The manufacturing process includes dissolving the wood into a pulp until it becomes viscose. From the moment sustainably-produced wood pulp enters the production facilities, it takes just 18 hours to transform it into biodegradable viscose rayon, ready to be shipped to the customers around the world.

Certification of Our Products


APR has obtained PEFC chain of custody certification since January 2019 and uses 100 percent certified dissolving wood pulp, ensuring that we only sourced from sustainably and responsibly managed plantation.


The APR manufacturing facility is also ISO and Step by OEKO-TEX® certified indicate that it meets all relevant standards on chemical management, environmental management and performance, social responsibility, quality, and safety in the workplace.

Furthermore, the recognised DIN-Geprüft mark is proof that our product bearing this mark meet stringent safety and quality standards. Awarding the DIN-Geprüft mark indicates that a product is of a high standard and complies with DIN, DIN EN or DIN EN ISO standards.

APR’s viscose staple fibres are awarded the international OK biodegradability WATER and OK biodegradability SOIL labels by accredited certification board, TUV Austria. Certificates make sure the biodegradability of APR’s fibres in water and soil. The tests for the certifications were disbursed by freelance workplace Organic Waste Systems and, as a result.

APR also received confirmation from the USDA that the Viscose staple fibre produced is made 100% from cellulose and is certified as 100% biobased. OEKO-TEX standard 100, Annex 6, Product class I certification was awarded to APR. All Viscose staple fibre produces by APR is suitable for use in the manufacturing of products fit for babies.

APR now offers the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label, providing an added layer of assurance, transparency and product confidence our customers expect. The MADE IN GREEN label verifies that an article has been tested for harmful substances and certified to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®️ It also guarantees that the fibre has been manufactured using sustainable processes under environmentally friendly and socially responsible working conditions, certified to STeP by OEKO-TEX®️ Our unique MADE IN GREEN ID when included on the hangtags of garments can be traced back to our mill where the viscose fibre was manufactured.

APR openly and constructively engages all customers, civil society organizations and fashion brands to ensure that the company can continue to strive to be among the best-managed and most sustainable companies in the industry, creating value for the community, country, climate and customers. It is APR’s vision to produce the best quality viscose fibre to enable our customers to grow their product offerings and be competitive in the market.

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.

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