LYCRA, ITOCHU launch fibres made from recycled waste

LYCRA, ITOCHU launch fibres made from recycled waste

LYCRA and ITOCHU will jointly produce the textile waste versions of COOLMAX and THERMOLITE. The EcoMade fibres will be made of textile waste transformed into fibres through a unique depolymerisation and refining process.

Wilmington, USA

The
LYCRA Company, a global leader in fibre and textile solutions for the apparel
industry, has announced the launch of its first performance offerings fashioned
from 100% textile waste—the COOLMAX and THERMOLITE EcoMade fibres.

The
US-based company has collaborated with ITOCHU Corporation, a general trading
company with investments in consumer-related sectors including the textile
business, for the production of its signature EcoMade fibres. COOLMAX and
THERMOLITE are made of textile waste transformed into fibres through a unique
depolymerisation and refining procedure. The textile waste comprises scraps
from garment manufacturers. The quality of the converted fibre is similar to
the properties of virgin polyester.

COOLMAX
and THERMOLITE fibres have been in the market for a long time. They are created
from recycled raw materials such as recycled PET plastic bottles. LYCRA will
now offer both the recycled raw material version and the textile waste version
of these fibres.

Incorporating
the textile waste technology shows consumers that fibres can be manufactured
responsibly without compromising on their performance attributes.

The
announcement is in line with the Lycra Company’s Planet Agenda Sustainability
platform and is one of many innovations in the pipeline.

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