The Lycra Company, the global specialist in developing innovative and sustainable fiber and technology solutions for the apparel industry, will launch a new form of Thermolite EcoMade technology for all kinds of insulations at Performance Days in Munich, Germany on November 3-4, 2022.
The recycled Thermolite EcoMade fibers are made from 100% textile waste, are GRS-certified, and offer the same quality and durable lightweight warmth as their polymer virgin counterparts but with a lower carbon footprint.
According tor searches carried ahead by The Lycra Company, every year 100 billion garments are produced and 85% of these clothes end up in landfill, which is the equivalent of one garbage truck filled per second.
In addition to significant sustainability credentials, the new insulation fiber delivers outstanding levels of performance and durability for both the outdoor industry and everyday warm apparel and the novel recycling technology used is compatible with used garments as well as cutting room waste.
“What consumers want are sustainable warming solutions that perform,” explained Arnaud Ruffin, vice president of brands and retail at The Lycra Company. “Constructed with functional, hollow fibers that last, for different activities and occasions, garments containing insulation made with Thermolite EcoMade fibers made from 100% textile waste provide lightweight warmth for all activities and consumer needs, whilst addressing the need to move towards a circular economy.”
The expansion of the recycled textile waste portfolio into insulation and warming applications follows last year’s introduction of the same recycling technology into performance fibers for cooling applications. All these recycled fibers are commercially available in staple, filament, and fiberfill forms, suitable for circular knitting, weaving, socks, seamless and insulation applications.