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Welcome to the tree-free future of fashion

Global brands show interest in eco-friendly cellulose. Image: Supplied.
An Australian biomaterials company has caught the attention of major international brands with the creation of a tree-free lyocell. Last week, ASX-listed Nanollose Limited and India’s Birla Cellulose, a leader in the production of man-made cellulose, filed a joint patent application for the production of nullarbor, a lyocell fibre that uses microbial cellulose instead of tree pulp. While cellulose is used in a huge variety of products and industries, the fashion industry in particular has long