Biopolishing for new fabrics

Novozymes has just launched a new way to do biopolishing for the first time for not only cotton, but also lyocell, modal and viscose. It’s our latest innovation and gives mills, laundries and brands the opportunity to meet growing consumer preferences for longer-lasting, more sustainable clothes.

What is biopolishing?

Biopolishing is an environmentally-friendly process that uses enzymes to extend the lifetime of cotton knits and soon, additional fabrics. By using the biopolishing process, mills and laundries can produce fabrics that last at least 20% longer.

In biopolishing, the enzymes remove protruding fibers from the surface of the fabric, leaving a clean surface. This improves dyeability, and it creates better-quality, longer lasting, more sustainable textiles. 

The biopolish effect is permanent - even after 30 washes. 

Surveys show that consumers want clothes that last longer. This presents an opportunity for brands to differentiate their products toward consumers. It gives mills and laundries the chance to differentiate their products towards brands.

How is it done?

Biopolishing beyond cotton is being developed as a separate step during processing - either in knitting mills or laundries.

 Treat cotton as nature would

One-minute video gives a quick overview of how using enzymes instead of chemicals protects a natural resource like cotton.

A family of solutions for sustainable textiles

In addition to biopolishing beyond cotton, Novozymes offers the one-step CombiPolish® process for cotton knits, biopolishing of garments in laundries, and the Livelong® concept.  

For consistent dyeing results every time, Novozymes offers products for biopreparation, a more environmentally-friendly form of scouring / pretreatment. 

For more sustainable denim processing, Novozymes offers solutions for denim abrasion, bleaching and finishing

Novozymes also offers sustainable solutions for effective bleach cleanup and desizing.

Learn more about biopolishing beyond cotton

Novozymes Fiberlife® is a brand new enzyme for gentle biopolishing of not only cotton but also lyocell, modal and viscose. Like other biopolishing processes, it extends the lifetime of the fibers, allowing fabrics and clothes to stay new-looking for longer, wash after wash. 


  • It enables textile manufacturers to add sustainability claims to their marketing with documentable results.

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