For its third-party audited Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), The Lycra Company has earned a score in the upper quartile with its largest manufacturing site located in Foshan, Guangdong/China.
Higg FEM is a sustainability assessment tool that is part of a suite of tools developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a global, nonprofit alliance of over 270 stakeholders in the fashion industry. The Lycra Company, Wilmington, DE/USA, is using Higg FEM to determine the Foshan site’s environmental impact, standardize how its environmental performance is measured year over year and identify, prioritize and scale enhancements. Foshan’s score is based on the percentage of completed and verified self-assessment questions related to its environmental management systems, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, water use, wastewater, air emissions, waste management and chemical management. The Foshan site completed the full module and had their responses confirmed by an independent verifier.
The Foshan plant, which employs about 500 people, first opened in 2005 and produces Lycra fiber for apparel and Lycra HyFit fiber for personal care products. A number of Lycra fiber products made at Foshan are Gold Level Material Health certified by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.