DuPont and Eastman have collaborated on a new sustainable fabric collection.

The collaboration blends Naia from Eastman and DuPont Sorona fibres to create garments with "exceptional stretch and recovery, luxurious drape and a smooth, soft hand feel".

The new collection will expand the future of sustainable textiles for designers to use for comfortable everyday casual wear.

Naia is made with responsibly sourced wood from sustainably managed pine and eucalyptus forests and plantations. It is produced in a safe, closed-loop process where solvents are recycled back into the system for reuse and through optimised, low-impact manufacturing. It has a low tree-to-fibre environmental footprint and a third-party-reviewed life-cycle assessment compliant with ISO 14044. Naia is also certified as biodegradable in freshwater and soil environments and is compostable in industrial settings.

DuPont Sorona polymer is a bio-based, high-performance polymer offering unique benefits for the apparel industry. Sorona minimizes the impact on the environment without sacrificing quality and performance. 

"With Naia, we are committed to building a more sustainable fashion industry in collaboration with industry partners. We are very excited to be working with the Sorona team to launch a collection of wonderful fabrics that are a great choice for womenswear fashion. More and more, designers are looking for sustainable fabric choices. And this sustainable fabric collection with biobased, renewable materials showcases that fashion can come without any compromise on beauty, quality or comfort," said Ruth Farrell, global marketing director of textiles for Eastman.

Renee Henze, global marketing director at DuPont Biomaterials, added: "We believe collaboration is the only way we will deliver on our promises to the textile industry. Our collaboration with Eastman's Naia branded fibres will allow more apparel brands the opportunity to address tomorrow's challenges through renewably sourced fibre materials without compromising performance and value. Sustainable fashion is the future, and this new collection is a great example of how you can create stunning designs while caring for our planet."