Origin of MicroModal
The story of MicroModal starts in Austria. Were the MicroModal is created by LENZING™ using the most futuristic and innovative fibre technology. And the basic ingredient? Beech wood.
The beech tree
MicroModal Beech trees have been growing in Europe for thousands of years. But did you know the growing of the beech wood tree is something special? Because they multiply by "rejuvenation" which means that the trees propagate by themselves.
And like all trees, Austrian beech wood trees grow by air, water and earth. These are pretty simple botanic principles. But the good thing is, no artificial irrigation or planting is required. And that makes beech wood forests a complete natural and sustainable source of raw material.
Turning beech wood into MicroModal
The replenishable raw materials from the beech wood trees are pulverized into pulp. The whole process has integrated an amazing amount of environmental innovations to make sure no damage will be done to the environment.
Then the pulp arrives at the Edelweiss fibre technology process. By using oxygen-based chemistry, MicroModal fibers are extracted from the pulp.
No single chemicals will be released in the environment, because of the closed circuit. And the pulp from the wood is produced at the same site as the MicroModal itself. And up to 95% of the production materials are recovered as a result of innovative environmental processes.
The special characteristic of the Modal process developed by Lenzing is the system of closed loops. In this way, protecting the environment. The wastewater and emissions burden is minimized. In addition, the co-product of sodium sulfate is generated in fibre production and is recovered. This valuable chemical is used in the detergent, glass and food industries.