Difference Between Cellulose Fibre and Regenerated Cellulose Fibre

Cellulose  fibre vs regenerated cellulose fibre

What is the difference between cellulose fibre and regenerated cellulose fibre?

Cellulose fiber and regenerated cellulose fiber are related but it has distinct concepts. The following points will give you a better understanding of differentiating these two sustainable fibres. 

Cellulose Fiber:

  • Cellulose fiber refers to fibers that are naturally occurring and derived directly from plants or other biological sources. 
  • Cotton, jute, hemp, and flax are examples of cellulose fibre.
  • These fibers are composed primarily of cellulose, which is a structural component of plant cell walls.
  • Cellulose fibers are obtained from the plant source through processes such as ginning (for cotton), retting (for jute, flax), or decorticating (for hemp).

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Regenerated Cellulose Fiber:

  • Regenerated cellulose fiber, commonly known as rayon, viscose, or modal, is a semi-synthetic fiber made by chemically treating natural cellulose fibers to dissolve them and then regenerating them into fiber form.
  • While it originates from cellulose, the manufacturing process involves chemical treatments to break down the cellulose and reform it into fibers. This makes regenerated cellulose fiber a semi-synthetic material.
  • Regenerated cellulose fibers are produced through a process that includes dissolving cellulose from wood pulp or other sources, extruding it into fibers, and then solidifying the fibers through coagulation.
  • Rayon, modal, and lyocell are some examples of regenerated cellulose fibers, each with slightly different manufacturing processes and properties.
  • In summary, cellulose fibers are naturally occurring fibers derived directly from plants, while regenerated cellulose fibers are semi-synthetic fibers produced by chemically treating and regenerating natural cellulose to create fibers with specific properties and characteristics.

Related post: What is Regenerated Cellulose Fibre? Its Applications and Examples.

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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