Direct-to-consumer materials science brand Pangaia has invested in Kintra Fibers, a material science company that makes high-performance, 100% bio-based, and compostable yarns for the fashion and apparel industry.

Pangaia, which creates products with smart technology and many sustainable and recyclable elements as possible, says it will help Kintra scale its patent-pending resin and yarn process through its supply chain and will develop first-of-its-kind compostable fabric blends and apparel leveraging the Kintra technology, pioneering increased sustainability standards for synthetic materials. The material will be available to use by additional brand partners.

Kintra joins Pangaia as a long-term innovation partner in the textile value chain, with the vision to bring new materials and science to the forefront of the fashion and textile industries.

The new Kintra material is positioned as an alternative to the global overuse of petroleum-based synthetic fabrics, as well as a powerful solution to harmful micro-plastic ocean pollution perpetuated by traditional, non-biodegradable synthetics. The Kintra resin and yarns can be integrated into existing synthetic manufacturing and textile production supply chains at a competitive price point, providing a scalable and cost-effective sustainable alternative to synthetics such as PET, rPET, or nylon.

"We are excited to be value chain partners with Kintra and help them realise the commercialisation of their resin and yarn technology, bringing real systemic change of material possibilities for the industry. We hope this material will become a model not just for Pangaia, but for the industry at large. The Kintra fibre is a true embodiment of Pangaia's commitment to high tech naturalism, our material philosophy. Kintra's breakthroughs in responsible, bio-based chemistry allow us to design for the performance and end-of-life of our garments from the molecule up," says Amanda Parkes, chief innovation officer at Pangaia.

Billy McCall, co-founder and CEO at Kintra, adds: "Pangaia's science-based standards for sustainability are unparalleled, and their commitment to the planet is visible in each step of their supply chain. We look forward to collaborating with the Pangaia team and integrating our technology into their fabrics and garments. As a lifelong surfer, protecting the oceans is near and dear to me. By designing for the material end-of-life at its start, we offer the industry a solution for microfiber pollution, as well as the ability to fit with chemical and physical recycling systems."

Alissa Baier-Lentz, co-founder and COO at Kintra, says: "We are committed to bring visibility to an opaque part of the supply chain to help brands build a better, more sustainable future and share this with their consumers in a more meaningful manner."