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Sustainable material you should know: Biodegradable acetate fiber

The movement and awareness toward sustainability is growing stronger every day… ApparelX has been providing information on various sustainable products, and today we would like to focus on “acetate fiber,” which is attracting attention due to its biodegradability!

What is acetate fiber?

Acetyl cellulose granules are made from wood pulp by scientific fusion with acetic acid. It is then dissolved to make an acetyl cellulose dope solution, which is formed into acetyl cellulose fiber by the soft spinning method.

Acetate is classified as a “semi-synthetic fiber. Simply explained, it is a fiber synthesized from wood pulp (natural raw material) through scientific processing.

The difference between acetate and triacetate is: acetate and triacetate are classified according to the amount of acetic acid contained in them. Triacetate has a higher content of acetic acid.

Acetate Fiber Characteristics


Luster and texture similar to silk, pleasant to the touch.

Lightweight .

Moderate moisture absorption, and heat retention characteristics.

Heat resistance is low, making it easy to pleat.


Low heat resistance and strength

Weak against friction

May melt or discolor when exposed to solvents or gas.

Naia- Acetate Fabrics

Naia is a fabric brand that is more sustainable than ordinary acetate.

Naia is twice as breathable as nylon, modal, or cotton.

Equal to polyester, dries faster than nylon or viscose.

25% cooler than polyester.

A5100 Acetate satin

A5100 acetate satin is a very lightweight and breathable fabric that dries more than twice as fast as nylon or modal cotton.

Blend : 100% acetate

Standard : 122cm x 46m

Color : 29 colors available

A6600 Acetate satin melon wrinkle

Blend : 100% acetate

Standard : 106/108cm x 46m 

Color : 30 colors available


Acetate itself is biodegradable and sustainable, making it a great material for your sustainable collection. 

For more sustainable fabrics and trims, please visit ApparelX Sustainable Product List.

Hi guys, this is Jane, the editor of ApparelX News. As a foreigner living in Tokyo, I hope my posts will help international readers get an overview about Japanese fashion industry as well as Japanese culture!