Eastman teamed up Patagonia to recycle 8,000 pounds of pre and post-consumer clothing waste using its molecular recycling technology.

The recycling process involves breaking down Patagonia’s unusable apparel into molecular building blocks that Eastman explained is then used to make new fibres.

Patagonia materials innovation engineer Natalie Banakis pointed out that apparel waste is a major problem. She said consumers increasingly want better and more sustainable solutions for when their “most loved” piece of clothing reaches its end-of-life.

Eastman textiles global marketing lead Carolina Sister Cohn believes Eastman’s collaboration with Patagonia shows the world what’s possible when it comes to sustainability.

Cohn said: “We have the technology to make the textiles industry circular, and we know it requires collaboration with innovative brands to make circular fashion possible. This is only the beginning, and we look forward to more collaborations throughout 2024.”

Eastman recently announced its Naia Renew cellulosic fibre has received the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification and is on track for its first production.

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The company explained that having a GRS certification enhances traceability, promotes environmental principles, ensures social requirements are met, and regulates chemical content and labelling.

Eastman’s Naia team added that the first production of its GRS-certified yarn will soon be on its way to a sustainable brand that shares its vision of making sustainable textiles accessible to everyone.