The new Lycra EcoMade fibres Type 166E and 162E – The Lycra Company's first branded spandex made with pre-consumer recycled materials – have been certified to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). 

The fibres, which are currently produced in Brazil, offer the same features as the original stretch Lycra fibre but are made partly with fibre waste collected at the company's manufacturing sites and blended with virgin polymer at specific concentrations. This reduces waste and puts it back into production.

The Global Recycled Standard verifies recycled material and includes strict social, environmental and chemical requirements. The certification also provides brands with a tool for more accurate labelling to encourage innovation in the use of reclaimed materials, to establish more transparency in the supply chain, and to provide better information to consumers.

As part of the firm's ongoing commitment to sustainability under its Planet Agenda sustainability platform, The Lycra Company recently announced plans to convert the vast majority of Coolmax and Thermolite fibre products to recycled content by the end of 2021.