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Fibre Intro: Cellulosics

As their name suggests, cellulosic fabrics derive from cellulose – the main constituent of plant cell walls. Despite their natural origins, cellulosics commonly used in apparel share similar processing methods – and negative impacts – with synthetics.

Fibres from wood or woody plants like bamboo are the basis for all cellulosics. First produced in the 1890s as ‘rayon’, these fibres are referred to as ‘manufactured’, ‘regenerated’ or ‘semi-synthetic’. They account for 8.7 per cent of global fib…

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