Textile waste becomes new insulation: The Lycra Company has launched Thermolite EcoMade fiber made from 100% textile waste, now also for insulation applications.
This new warming technology involves recycling textile waste from cutting room floors that would have been sent to a landfill or incinerated and transforming it into high-performance fibers for insulation. Once fabric scraps are collected from garment makers, they go through a 4-step process before becoming a finished product: 1) depolymerization and refining 2) chip manufacture 3) fiber formation and 4) batting and insulation production.
The Lycra Company, Wilmington, DE/USA, is promoting the fiber in 2 versions of insulation — both thin-loft and mid-loft battings, each made with ≥ 85% of recycled fibers, including ≥ 50% Thermolite fiber made from recycled PET bottles and ≥ 35% made from the new textile waste product. Both batting offerings deliver durability and high levels of performance combined with sustainability credentials for the outdoor industry, while warmth per unit weight and other insulation characteristics meet the industry’s high expectations.
By using textile waste as an input to make commercial performance fibers, The Lycra Company is providing a solution to help the industry deal with its textile waste problem, as well as creating a starting point for circularity.