Nanollose has produced what it believes to be the world’s first Tree-Free Viscose-Rayon fibre, Nullarbor FibreTM, which has also been successfully spun into yarn, fabric and a garment.

Viscose-Rayon (also referred to as “rayon”) is a well-established fibre made from cellulose predominantly derived from wood-pulp, and used to make everything from home furnishings to clothing.

However, there are significant environmental concerns surrounding production as a considerable amount of trees are cut down, chipped and then treated with hazardous chemicals followed by an energy intensive purification process to source the cellulose required for rayon production.

Unlike conventional rayon, Nanollose’s sustainable Tree-Free Rayon is derived using microbes that convert waste products into microbial cellulose, in a process that takes less than one month and requires very little land, water or energy. The microbial cellulose is then converted into rayon fibres using the Nanollose technology, which is compatible with existing industry processing and manufacturing equipment.