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TreeToTextile set to build demonstration plant in Sweden – several Nordic pulp makers are part of projects developing new clean ways to turn trees into textile fibre

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    eve
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    I'm very interested to see how this goes. As someone who's been trying to phase out plastic materials in my life (I weep for my polyester yarn, it's so soft), I think it's nice to see this...

    I'm very interested to see how this goes. As someone who's been trying to phase out plastic materials in my life (I weep for my polyester yarn, it's so soft), I think it's nice to see this happening! I hope it's not plastic included, considering you can make decent fiber out of plant material like nettle, I hope they can figure it out.

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      Thra11
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      I have some clothes made from bamboo viscose, which is incredibly soft. I'm still amazed by how it stays soft wash after wash, without any fabric softener or anything. In terms of sustainability...

      (I weep for my polyester yarn, it's so soft),

      I have some clothes made from bamboo viscose, which is incredibly soft. I'm still amazed by how it stays soft wash after wash, without any fabric softener or anything. In terms of sustainability and environmental impact, it requires a lot less water, fertiliser and pesticide to grow the raw materials than cotton. However, some harsh chemicals are used in converting the bamboo pulp into viscose, so it may not be perfect in terms of environmental credentials.

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        eve
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        I haven't had many clothes, if any, made from material like rayon and viscose, though they do seem like a bit better of an alternative. It's great to hear that the bamboo viscose is soft and...

        I haven't had many clothes, if any, made from material like rayon and viscose, though they do seem like a bit better of an alternative. It's great to hear that the bamboo viscose is soft and washes well! Definitely makes me consider the yarn as a soft substitute (or even other tree pulp type fibers).

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          lonjil
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          Rayon is basically identical regardless if source plant. How it feels is mostly down to how the cellulose is dissolved, reconstructed, and processed.

          Rayon is basically identical regardless if source plant. How it feels is mostly down to how the cellulose is dissolved, reconstructed, and processed.

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          1. eve
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            I had figured they would be the same. I've come across like 2 other types of fabric that are the same as rayon more or less. When you look them up, most just point back to rayon. It's interesting...

            I had figured they would be the same. I've come across like 2 other types of fabric that are the same as rayon more or less. When you look them up, most just point back to rayon. It's interesting to know that the difference is in how the cellulose is dissolved, etc. I didn't know that was what made the difference! Very neat!

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        2. Thra11
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          Well, we know bamboo viscose can be soft and wash well. I'm sure it's possible to make coarse scratchy bamboo viscose, so I can't guarantee that all bamboo viscose will be nice and soft.

          bamboo viscose is soft and washes well

          Well, we know bamboo viscose can be soft and wash well. I'm sure it's possible to make coarse scratchy bamboo viscose, so I can't guarantee that all bamboo viscose will be nice and soft.

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