FABRIC UPDATE: MONOCEL – THE NEW AND BETTER BAMBOO

When most people talk about “bamboo textiles”, they are talking about bamboo viscose products. The viscose method for producing textile fibres is not environmentally friendly, as it is very chemical intensive. Also, the resulting fibres are short and, therefore, weak. Lyocell fibres, however, are long and strong. The fibre is stronger than cotton in both wet and dry condition. It is also very soft and smooth. This makes the Monocel fabrics suitable for a large number of applications.

Eco-friendly fibre production in a closed loop

The fibre used for Monocel is produced through a method called lyocell. The method as such has been used for nearly 25 years for production of wood based fibres. The process differs from the viscose process mainly in that the chemicals used in the viscose process are replaced by an organic solution, N-Methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMMO). Together with the water used in the production, the solution is recycled and reused in a closed loop system. Thus, there are no residues of harmful chemicals and water consumption is reduced significantly.

For fall/winter 2015-2016 you can find this innovative and more sustainable bamboo update in the collection of Studio JUX. Studio JUX creates fashion you can wear proudly, bringing you Dutch design with a smart twist and a conscious mind. Never too shy to view life with a positive state of mind, JUX’ designs tell stories of understated luxury in their surprising details and innovative fabrics.