Biotechnology company Verdezyne is teaming up with Universal Fiber Systems to supply its renewable chemicals used in the development of sustainable apparel yarns.

Universal Fiber Systems has developed the yarns that are used in products including performance apparel fabrics, and will use Verdezyne's bio-based adipic acid in certain exclusive lines.

"Some companies focus on a cradle-to-cradle model, while others seek to reduce environmental impact and avoid petroleum depletion. Universal products support both of these initiatives," says CEO Marc Ammen. "We believe that microorganisms can be the chemical producers of the future."