Taiwanese performance fibre manufacturer Saya, a new name in fibre, is announcing its debut with the launch of a sustainable fibre made from fabric offcuts, bringing new options to the textile industry and moving beyond recycled PET bottles.

Parent company Nan Ya Plastics claims to be the world's largest manufacturer of recycled PET, repurposing over 75bn bottles every year. Now under Saya, research and development efforts continue to focus on the critical recycling and sustainability issues that face the textile and garment industry and redefine what is possible in renewal.

Saya Next seeks to innovate and provide solutions for the industrial waste problem in the textile industry including scrap, cutting waste, overstock fabric, and used garments.

Programmes under Saya Next include:

  • Saya RSCUW - Currently available, Saya RSCUW reduces waste by 30% per yard by recycling cutting scraps and overstock rolls of fabric, which has historically ended up in landfills or is stored indefinitely in warehouses.
  • Saya RSCUW Raw - Currently available, Saya RSCUW Raw is made from recycled fabric cutting scrap and coloured PET bottles retaining their original colour. Without the bleaching and re-dying process, this effort is more energy-efficient and the carbon footprint is further reduced. The resulting knit or woven fabric has a unique heathered effect in shades from grey to nearly black.
  • Saya Garma - Currently in development. Saya Garma will be available in late 2021. This complex recycling process of used post-consumer garments will streamline the garment recycling by offering turnkey retail to fibre solutions to select brand partners. 

Saya Next builds on the firm's exisiting programmes:

  • Saya 365 offers a proprietary, five-stage filtration process followed by two stages of purification result in batch optimised flakes and pellets ready to be transformed into performance fibres. The result is a fabric with better tenacity strength, dyeing accuracy, and brighter whites compared to conventional recycled fibres.
  • Saya Coastal is a specialised recycling programme that targets clean-up and renewal of discarded plastic bottles in coastal regions that would otherwise migrate out to sea (80% of ocean plastics originate from coastal land).
  • Saya USA constitutes recycled polyester fibres made in its factory in Lake City, South Carolina. Options include using locally or internationally recycled bottles and waste for customers looking for a US-based fiber programme with full traceability and transparency.

"Over the past several years the textile industry has embraced recycling PET plastic bottles, and through Saya 365 we are able to offer several options within that technology. But it's not enough. The industry needs to tackle the next level," says Mike Shih, spokesperson for Saya and Nan Ya. "As the largest performance fibre manufacturer in Taiwan we feel the responsibility, and we have the resources to do the necessary R&D. At Saya we've identified cutting scraps and overstock fabrics as a problem that is often ignored, and we've developed several new recycling solutions to tackle the issue."