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July 15, 2021

Hyosung reduces emissions from Creora spandex

South Korean fibre giant Hyosung has revealed the results of a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which shows its Creora Regen spandex reduces carbon dioxide production by around two-thirds.

By Michelle Russell

The results compare the environmental performance of the company’s 100% recycled Creora Regen spandex to its virgin Creora spandex.

The study was conducted by third-party certifier Networks Y, a Korean LCA consultancy, which performed a carbon footprint calculation – the amount of CO2 emitted from the entire life cycle of a product – of both fibres from pre-manufacturing to the manufacturing stage.

It concluded that Creora Regen spandex reduces carbon dioxide production by approximately 67%, or by about two thirds, compared to its Creora spandex in the production of 1 kg.

“We know that our Creora Regen is unique because we only produce 100% recycled content, and our LCA helps quantify why that is important,” says Mike Simko, Hyosung global marketing director-textiles.

Since the launch of Hyosung’s Creora Regen spandex in January 2020, the company says it has produced an amount of fibre to offset the number of CO2 emissions equivalent to driving 1,000 times around the globe. Similarly, the production of the fibre is said to have the greenhouse gas (GHG) absorption impact of enough mature pine trees to cover San Francisco’s Presidio, the world’s largest national park in an urban area spanning nearly 1,500 acres.

Hyosung’s Creora Regen spandex is GRS, HIGGS MSI and Oeko-tex certified. The company is in the process of obtaining a material health certificate under the Cradle-to-Cradle Certified Product Standard.

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