The new Coolmax and Thermolite EcoMade fibers from The Lycra Company, Wilmington, DE/USA, are made from 100% textile waste. This is the result of a strategic collaboration with Itochu Corp, Osaka/Japan, a company with strength in consumer-related sectors, including the textile business. In this process, textile waste of scraps from garment manufacturers is converted into fibers with properties comparable to virgin polyester. The new fibers are available in filament and staple forms, suitable for common textile processes and insulations batting uses.
The new sustainable fibers offer comparable performance properties in terms of cooling and warming performance to the original Coolmax and Thermolite fibers.
This development contributes to a more circular future at The Lycra Company, one of the key objectives of the company's Planet Agenda sustainability platform.