Textile waste represents a substantial sustainability challenge across the textile and apparel industry. The Lycra Company announced the global launch of a new insulation made from textile waste. The first performance fibers made from 100% textile waste were presented by The Lycra Company at the digital fair Performance Days on December 1-2.
The Lycra Company, Wilmington, DE/USA, is committed to doing its part to help the planet by introducing the fiber technologies Coolmax and Thermolite EcoMade made from 100% textile waste, which lays the groundwork for a circular system. These fibers are the result of a strategic collaboration between The Lycra Company and Itochu Corp., Tokyo/Japan, a general trading company with strength in consumer-related sectors, including the textile business.
Coolmax EcoMade technology made from 100% textile waste delivers sustainable moisture-wicking cooling to sports and everyday apparel, while Thermolite EcoMade technology made from 100% textile waste provides sustainable lightweight warmth whether walking around town or climbing up a mountain. These technical performance fibers are used in activewear, outerwear, workwear, socks, denim, ready-to-wear, underwear, and even bedding.
The textile waste technology platform has now been extended to include new Thermolite EcoMade insulation made from textile waste. The new broad offer enables the apparel value chain to choose sustainable solutions for their collections made from the recycled resources they prefer—textile waste or recycled PET bottles available previously.
»Consumers are increasingly concerned about climate change and are more aware of the impact textile waste is having on the planet. They want to see brands and retailers reducing waste and offering more sustainable fashion.«