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Deforestation regulation good news for Kelheim

For many years the company has exclusively used certified pulps from sustainably managed sources.

18th January 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Kelheim, Germany


Viscose fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has welcomed the new EU regulation on deforestation-free supply chains which was adopted at the end of 2022.

The new rules are intended to prevent goods that cause forest degradation or deforestation from being placed on the EU market.

As one of the largest economies worldwide, the EU is a major consumer of wood-based raw materials and the new law will significantly contribute to reducing forest degradation as well as protecting threatened forest areas.

“Wood is an incredibly versatile and valuable renewable resource and the basis for countless products,” says Craig Barker, CEO at Kelheim Fibres. “Our viscose fibres are just one example – they offer an environmentally-friendly alternative to synthetic materials in various applications and are a promising material for the future. Of course, this only applies if the production of our raw materials does not take place at the expense of our earth’s natural forest resources. These forests are a bastion of biodiversity and climate protection for our entire planet and must be protected at all costs. No one can escape this responsibility,”

Kelheim Fibres has been exclusively using FSC or PEFC certified pulps from sustainably managed sources for many years and has received a top spot in the HotButton ranking three times in a row. This ranking is compiled annually by the Canadian NGO Canopy that campaigns for the preservation of ancient and endangered forests.

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