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Viscose: the False Promise [TEXTILE SERIES 1]


In recent years, the fashion industry has witnessed the popularity boom of a newcomer — viscose. Also known as rayon, viscose is a semi-synthetic fabric that is often used to substitute silk and has grown to become the third most commonly used textile fiber in the world. Viscose has been marketed as a biodegradable, eco-friendly fabric because it is made from wood pulp, but its current hazardous manufacturing process and high demand for timber will need much reform before its reality can catch up with its reputation.


黏胶纤维,又称人造丝,是一种半合成织物,通常用来代替丝绸,而在时装界已成为第三常用的纺织纤维。由于黏胶纤维的原材料是木浆,因此被称为一种环保织物,但是它的有害生产过程和对木材的高消耗远远赶不上“环保”的名称。


THE UGLY TRUTH



The source of the wood pulp to manufacture viscose comes from the cellulose of fast-growing, regenerative trees, many of which are found in tropical forests.


Every year, 150 million trees are logged to create fabric, and because of poor regulation of wood pulp sourcing, many ancient and endangered forests are at risk from excessive logging for viscose production.