Let’s talk about conventional viscose

Viscose is a man-made fiber from a wood pulp source, is increasingly used in the fashion industry. But it comes at an environmental and social cost.

Almost all the world’s viscose is produced in just a handful of places in China, India and Indonesia. In all those locations, it was found that manufacturers were dumping untreated wastewater, contaminating local lakes and waterways. Pollution has a devastating impact on the quality of life for thousands of local people.

Chemicals used in viscose production include carbon disulphide, a powerful solvent linked with serious health conditions, most notoriously its capacity to cause insanity.

Large quantities of sodium hydroxide, are also used in processing. This chemical is highly toxic if absorbed through inhalation, ingestion or skin contact. It is known to cause corrosion, skin burns and eye damage.

Source: Common Objective




  • ECOVERO Viscose fibers are derived from sustainable wood and pulp, coming from certified and controlled sources. 
  • ECOVERO fibers have been certified with the EU Ecolabel as meeting high environmental standards throughout their life cycle: from raw material extraction to production, distribution and disposal. 

Benefits of ECOVERO Viscose

The manufacturing of ECOVERO fibers generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to generic Viscose. 

ECOVERO fibers are produced using pulp, which is derived from the renewable resource wood as raw material.  Lenzing purchases wood and pulp derived from responsibly managed forests and certified to come from sustainable sources. 

Source: Ecovero