Natural/regenerated Cellulose blend.
Cotton and lyocell are blended together in a range of ratios and this takes advantage of the characteristics of both fibres. The presence of lyocell is often seen as a means of improving the "eco friendly" nature of the fabric and extending the capacity of cotton to meet market requirements.
Where it grows / Where it is made
All applications where cotton is used. The use of cotton/lyocell blends in the corporate clothing sector is still developing. The fabrics are suitable for lightweight end uses such as shirts and leisure wear. Heavier weight fabrics can find uses wherever cotton fabrics have been used.
Impact on the environment
On top of the materials impact during harvest or production, blends are hardly recyclable so their impact on the environment can be significant.
More sustainable alternatives
Products made of one single fabric, preferably natural.
End of life possibilities
Can be disposed of using all end of life opportunities. Both cotton and lyocell are biodegradable but they have the potential to be reused in other ways. Re-use in most ways will be dependant upon the removal of corporate identities such as logos. Some applications will also require the removal of fastenings such as buttons and zips. As complete garments, the reuse in similar roles, for example in third world countries, offers one possibility. In fabric form it can be recycled into wipes for use in a variety of industrial sectors and shredded to be used as mattress infill or into insulation for buildings. Since both fibres are cellulose the blends can be used as a source of raw material for the manufacture of regenerated cellulose fibres.
Even though it might be needed to blend fabrics for some applications, we would recommend to avoid blended fabrics. Indeed, they are very hard to recycle and often end up in landfills.