Eastman’s Naia team has announced 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.

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 Renew is produced from 60% sustainably sourced wood pulp and 40% GRS-certified waste materials.

The company added that its molecular recycling complements mechanical recycling and offers a solution for hard-to-recycle waste materials, including textiles affected by factors like fibre blends, chemicals and additives.

Naia product manager Jason Keller said: “This first production represents years of work by our team. Our customers have been asking when we’d have GRS certification, and we’ve worked tirelessly to make Naia Renew certified. We’re so proud to offer not just a sustainable product but a certification of the fibre that establishes trust with our collaborating brands.”

Eastman believes the GRS certification process, which is owned by Textile Exchange, plays a vital role in driving sustainable change in the fashion and textiles industry.

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The process of obtaining a GRS certification involves an audit of the entire supply chain conducted by independent, third-party certifying body SCS Global Services.

Eastman emphasised its achievement of GRS certification for Naia Renew reinforces its commitment to sustainability and builds trust with customers and collaborators.

In 2022 Eastman announced it had partnered with TextileGenesis to use blockchain technology to identify and track the path of its filament yarn from raw material to final garment.