CTF stands for Challenge the Fabric and is initiated by Ekman & Co in partnership with Altri, Arauco, Sanyou Group, and Södra. CTF aims at opening the dialogue about viscose as an alternative to natural and synthetic fibers, and in the long run contributing to a more sustainable fabric process for viscose. The background of the initiation of the award is that the fashion industry’s demand has reached peak cotton, exceeding the supply in recent years. The exploration of alternatives to fill the fiber gap is urgently needed and viscose might have the potential to be a solution.

The CTF Award will run for the first time in 2018.