The Producer Is Addressing the Pollution Originated by the Chemical Substances Used During the MMCF Production Process. It Has Joined a Credible Initiative That Advances Solutions on Chemical Management.
The producer is implementing, for all of its sites, pollution control technologies to limit their impact, developing an approach for the recovery of substances used or generated during the production of MMCF.
In the future, criteria will be built out by ZDHC to apply V2.0 of ZDHC MMCF Guidelines, including air emissions and responsible fibre production.
Key Improvements Required
Yibin Grace is encouraged to continue to progress on their sustainability practices including:
- Continue to address potential risk in its supply chain through engagement with its suppliers, through a formal action plan.
- Accelerate the use of Next Generation fibre solutions in order to meet or exceed the aspirational targets outlined in the Vision: 50% by 2030.
- Prioritize the integration and sourcing of Next Generation Solution technologies and feedstocks for future expansion plans and new suppliers.
- Continue to use ForestMapper and complementary guidance documents such as the Dissolving Pulp Mill Classification to ensure no sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests.
- Where virgin fibres are used and they are not coming from key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests, procure higher volumes of FSC 100% certified inputs from sources that have achieved FSC Forest Management certification on the ground.
Areas where the company is showing leadership
The company has shown continuous leadership, and has moved from a light green shirt in 2021 to a partially dark green shirt in 2022.
- Increased its use of FSC certified fibre.
- Joined many other “green shirt” producers on the Textile Genesis traceability platform.
- Provided a letter to support conservation solutions in key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests in 2021 and 2022.
- Supported the call for protecting 30% of the world’s Ancient and Endangered Forests by 2030, in a letter from MMCF producers to countries that are party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
- Demonstrated awareness of the status of Ancient and Endangered Forests in the countries from which they source, and efforts to protect them.
Next Generation Solutions:
- Launched a Next Generation filament yarn named Gracell in 2022, in partnership with Renewcell.
Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes
Yibin produces a viscose filament yarn with next generation fibres, marketed under the name Gracell.
Yibin Heist produces standard viscose fibres, rayon, nonwovens and viscose filament yarn in 3 mills with a total of 370,000 tons capacity:
- Yibin, Sichuan Province, China: viscose staple fibre with production of 240,000 tons
- Yibin, Sichuan Province, China: viscose filament yarn with production of 50,000 tons
Yibin recently acquired a third mill called Xinjiang Ya’ao located near Wulumuqi City, in Xinjiang Region, China, making viscose filament yarn with production of 80,000 tons. This mill has not undergone a CanopyStyle Audit.