Yarn maker Eastman Chemical Co has developed a new range of recycled performance fibres, made from 100% post-consumer recycled PET material.

The firm says its new Avra fibres will offer the same quick drying times, wicking speeds and comfort as its previous virgin polyester product while helping reduce waste by upcycling post-consumer recycled PET bottles as feedstock for the fibre. 

Due to make its debut at next week's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, Colorado, Avra is enabled by a proprietary spinning technology.

The fibres' moisture and thermal management properties mean fabrics dry quickly – up to 50% faster than conventional polyester fabrics, Eastman says – helping wearers stay more comfortable during demanding physical activities. In addition, their high flexibility creates "superior drape and remarkable softness" to further enhance comfort.

"The vision for the Eastman Textiles platform is that all innovation will be sustainable," says Ruth Farrell, director of marketing for textiles at Eastman. "We are excited to be one of the first to offer high-performance fibres made with 100% post-consumer recycled PET at a time when the activewear and outdoor industries are under pressure to move to a more circular way of operating.

"With Avra recycled performance fibres, we are giving a second life to plastic bottles and making sure they don't end up littering our oceans or trails. Our customers can show their commitment to caring for the outdoors and contribute to a circular economy without sacrificing performance or comfort."