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Cotton Linter

The sustainability of cellulosic fiber

Without cutting a single tree

The cellulosic yarn that doesn't even cut down a tree…

There is a sure way to produce yarn respecting nature, without cutting down trees: Cotton Linter.

There are two basic products to produce cellulosic fiber:
- Wood pulp
- the cellulosic part of the cotton flower (which is normally discarded)

There are excellent reforestation programs, if we use the first one. But what happens if we use the second one?
Not even a tree is touched and this garantee the survival of tha fauna which is living around the tree and thanks to the tree can feed hitself.

RCS - Recycled Claim Standard

Cotton linter yarn can also grant RCS Ceertification because cotton linter is a waste of cotton spinning process and production of cellulose from cotton linter is a worth use of this waste

RCS certification includes two levels of eligibility::

  • RCS 100 - Yarn produced by Pulp 100% Cotton Linter;
  • RCS Blended - Yarn produced by Mixed Pulp Cotton Linter.

Cotton Linter vs Wood pulp

The cost and quality of yarn yarn from Cotton Linter are at the same level as other yarns from wood pulp.
Raw material
Cellulose obtained from Cotton Linter, coming from spinning waste and therefore considered a waste to all intents and purposes. For this reason this product is identified as recycled, and is part of a concept of CIRCULAR ECONOMY.
No trees are cut down
Cellulose obtained from Wood Pulp, coming from sustainably managed forests where deforestation is carried out following controlled felling plans, in compliance with strict social and economic environmental standards established in the territory. If the felling plan does not provide for it, there is no replanting obligation.
Manufacturing process
Standard spinning process, with the only difference in the bleaching and desulphurisation phases, where the yarn undergoes less invasive treatments because the cellulose from cotton linter is whiter and poorer in sulphur than that from wood pulp.
Standard process for viscose spinning
Type of Certification
Certification RCS
It is a certification to guarantee the presence of a recycled product inside an artifact. It is managed through a chain of custody and labelling of the goods. Recycled Claim Standard only guarantees the product. There are two different labels depending on whether the product is completely recycled or not. The minimum content is respectively:

- Recycled 100: 95% of the material is from recycled material.
- Recycled Blended: 5% of the material is from recycled material
Different Certifications
There are several types of certifications, two of which are the most important: one is more famous in Europe and the other more widespread in the United States. However, both are certifications to ensure that wood raw material comes from sustainably managed forests, where replanting plans are provided after tree cutting operations.

They are managed through Chain of Custody (CoC), which guarantees the traceability of materials from certified forests and is essential for applying labels to productsndispensabile per poter applicare le etichette sui prodotti.
Environmental impact
1. You don't cut down trees
2. Recycling the waste
3. Enters the circular economy
1. Sustainable management
2. Replanting and forest control
Yarn properties
1. Thread whiter and slightly more bulky than standard
2. Greater Gloss
3. More Pleasant Touch and Hand
4. RCS 100%
1. Same as standard viscose.

The Cotton Linter path

The Cotton Linter commercial organization

The biggest world producers of cotton linter yarn are Jilin in China which produces viscose and a fabric in Japan which produces cupro, both in 100% cotton pulp.

FiloFibra from Switzerland distributes Jilin production all over Europe, Ceyteks sells in Turkey market, Monvania is the biggest twister in cotton linters yarn as it is also partner of the Japanese factory.

They say about the Cotton Linter

  • Bruno Lavagna

    Professor, Stylist, Writer
    I am happy to support the Cotton Linter in the luxury industry in the world because it is natural and because our environment is much better suited to protecting our world. At this stage, Italy has always demonstrated its potential and its being ahead in offering more sustainable clothing.

    Italian fashion is increasingly cutting edge! The entire sector is connected to this commitment that is not only useful but above all urgent.
  • Stefano Vitali

    General manager Tessitura F.lli Vitali di Roberto spa
    We use Cotton Linter viscose yarn and we are satisfied with it especially in the production field for its shine and the feel we get from the fabrics produced. The possibility of participating in processes that lead to greater sustainability makes us consider it one of the raw materials to focus on.
  • Ceyda Ocalan

    Textile Agent

    Brands and manufacturers are asking if Cotton Linter viscose can be considered an innovative and more responsible Next Gen material.

    I reply: "It is!"

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