For the upcoming 2021 fall deliveries, Fjällräven is introducing the first Kånken daypack made from the brand’s proprietary Pine Weave cellulose material, paying homage to Kånken’s first design in 1978. According to the brand’s press release, the wood-based lyocell weave used for the new Tree-Kånken is developed exclusively for Fjällräven and sourced from a cultivated, certified forest near the brand’s headquarters in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Unlike most cellulosic filament fibers, Pine Weave is produced using a modified process that Fjällräven says is designed to withstand daily use as a backpack. However, Fjällräven sees room for improvement in the traceability of the materials: the exact origin of the wood used for the pack’s materials cannot be traced to date, as the existing industrial process that turns wood into cellulose is unable to separate certified, traceable wood from other wood sources. Therefore, the pulp used in Pine Weave is blended with the total amount of wood that goes into the pulping process. This is referred to as the “mass balance” approach. And although traceability from backpack to tree is not possible in a closed system, Fjällräven wants to contribute to a growing demand for more traceable, certified wood in these industrial processes.

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Source: Fjällräven

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