At the CSI in London we are presenting a new bed linen for the first time that takes the concept of the textile circular economy to a new level. The leasing-suitable sets in our “Versailles” range consist of one half of recycled polyester and the other half of leftover cotton fabric, which was mixed with cellulose and spun into lyocell fibers (TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™).
The cruise industry is back. After the Corona-related slump in 2020 and 2021, over 20 million people worldwide are now enjoying traveling on the water again. And the number of people who want to spend their vacation on board a cruise ship continues to rise. The providers are already expecting over 32 million passengers in 2027 1 .
This constantly growing market is also interesting for us: On the one hand, floating hotels have a high demand for industrially washable bed linen, table linen and towels. On the other hand, many cruise lines are committed to sustainable textile concepts, which are also imposed on large German shipping companies by the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG). The industry's interest in responsibly manufactured and certified ranges is therefore great.
For this reason, we decided to take part in the Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Europe (CSI) in London for the first time last year. The demand for our solutions was great. That's why we took part in the trade fair again this year, which was held on November 29th and 30th at ExCeL, London. With “Versailles” we were able to present a special highlight to the industry: a line of bed linen designed for industrial laundry and made entirely from recycled and renewable fibers.
“Versailles” consists of 50 % recycled polyester and 50 % circular cellulose fiber made from cotton scraps and offcuts. These are converted into pulp using Lenzing's patented Refibra™ technology, which is mixed with a pulp derived from wood. The mixture is then dissolved, with the solvent used being almost completely recycled. The so-called pulp is then spun out through nozzles, creating high-quality Lyocell (TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™) fibers.
“Versailles” was well received at the CSI. The top-class expert audience was thrilled by the silky, shimmering shine, the pleasantly soft feel and the lightness (145 g/m²) of our new smooth satin bed linen. Above all, however, we were impressed by our resource-saving concept and the circularity of our long-lasting, leasing-suitable quality.
- Material composition: 50% rPET / 50% lyocell (TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™)
- Warp and Weft: Ring-spun yarn
- Weight: 145 g/m², white
- Certifications: Green Button, MADE IN GREEN by OEKOTEX, Global Recycle Standard
Photo: Dibella bv
1 Statista: Number of passengers in the global cruise market from 2002 to 2022