Origin Materials and AECI Sans Technical Fibers are joining forces to develop and manufacture carbon negative high-performance fibres for use in a range of products including clothing, intimate apparel and footwear.

SANS is a wholly owned subsidiary of AECI Ltd, a strategic investor in carbon negative materials company Origin Materials, and the partnership includes an agreement to buy carbon-negative PET and next-generation polymers for end products.

Origin Materials believes its technology platform, which turns inexpensive, sustainable wood residues into carbon-negative materials, will help to revolutionise the production of a wide range of end products, including clothing, textiles, plastics, packaging, car parts, tyres, carpeting and toys.

In addition, its technology platform is expected to provide stable pricing largely de-coupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on sustainable wood residues.

The two companies "share a collective vision of producing sustainable materials that make the transition to net zero carbon possible," says Origin Materials co-CEO Rich Riley. "With Sans' extensive reach into global supply chains across a wide range of end markets, we believe this partnership will result in a significant reduction in carbon emissions and will play a key role in Origin Materials' mission to enable the world's transition to sustainable materials."

Zach Zacharias, CEO of AECI Sans Technical Fibers, adds it "is committed to converting at least 80% of PET raw material to green and environmentally friendly sources by 2025, to serve the demand of the major apparel brand names. The partnership with Origin Materials is completely aligned with this and demonstrates our commitment to enabling 'a better world' through our products and services."