Wolford to launch biodegradable tights and lingerie

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Austrian brand Wolford has extended its commitment to sustainable production with the launch of biodegradable tights and lingerie.

Three years in the making, the prototype range is made from Lenzing modal – a cellulosic fibre derived from sustainable forestry – together with an oil-based biodegradable polymer named Infinito by Lauffenmuhle, a special ROICA premium smart yarn, which is able to degrade without releasing harmful substances.

The collection was presented at textile trade fair Avantex Paris on Monday.

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Wolford has actively embraced sustainable production for more than 60 years. In May 2015 the brand joined forces with Bluesign Technologies, whose bluesign system is the strictest environmental standard in the world for the production of textiles.

Andreas Roehrich, the director of Product Development/Textile Sourcing at Wolford, said the brand has now extended its sustainable commitment outside of its production facilities with the launch of biodegradable products certified by Cradle to Cradle, a non-profit organisation that encourages a biomimetic approach to the design of products.

“As members of the smart-textiles industry network, we have been focusing all our ingenuity to rethink and redesign our core business collections with the Cradle to Cradle approach that could help generate nutrients in multiple biological or technical cycles,” he added.

“With this innovation, we are strongly committed to develop products using healthy raw materials, chemicals and dyes that are safe for the consumer, the society and the environment.”

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