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November 3, 2022

The Lycra Company develops Thermolite fibre from textile waste

The Lycra Company, which develops apparel fibre and technology solutions, has developed a new recycled fibre that offers a lower carbon footprint than its counterparts.

By Michelle Russell

The Thermolite EcoMade fibres by the Lycra Company will launch at Performance Days in Munich, Germany, this week. The recycled fibres are made from 100% textile waste, are GRS-certified, and offer the same quality and durable lightweight warmth as their polymer virgin counterparts but with a lower carbon footprint.

“What consumers want are sustainable warming solutions that perform,” explains Arnaud Ruffin, vice president of brands and retail at The Lycra Company. “Constructed with functional, hollow fibres that last, for different activities and occasions, garments containing insulation made with Thermolite EcoMade fibres made from 100% textile waste provide lightweight warmth for all activities and consumer needs, whilst addressing the need to move towards a circular economy.”

As a solution to help the industry’s waste problem, The Lycra Company say this is its first-ever Thermolite EcoMade insulation containing fibres made from 100% textile waste. The process takes fabric scraps from the cutting room floor that would have been sent to landfill or incinerated and transforms them into high performance insulation.

The Lycra Company says the insulation delivers “outstanding” levels of performance and durability for both the outdoor industry and everyday warm apparel. The novel recycling technology used is compatible with used garments as well as cutting room waste.

The expansion of the recycled textile waste portfolio into insulation and warming applications follows last year’s introduction of the same recycling technology into performance fibres for cooling applications. All these recycled fibres are commercially available in staple, filament, and fiberfill forms, suitable for circular knitting, weaving, socks, seamless and insulation applications.

Last month, the Lycra Company published its first Planet Agenda update, outlining a set of new sustainability goals with the aims to halve absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1 and 2) from its manufacturing sites by 2030.

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