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LYCRA, ITOCHU Turn Textile Waste into Performance Fibers

The LYCRA Company, a leader in fiber and textile solutions for the apparel industry, announced the launch of its first performance offerings made from 100 percent textile waste.

COOLMAX and THERMOLITE EcoMade fibers made from textile waste are the result of a strategic collaboration between The LYCRA Company and ITOCHU Corporation, a general trading company with strength in consumer-related sectors, including the textile business.

The new offerings pair the brand equity and performance attributes of these cooling and warming brands with the sustainability benefits of textile waste, thus helping address a critical industry need.

Integrating textile waste technology with COOLMAX and THERMOLITE fibers provides consumers with the performance attributes they seek while making these industry-leading fibers in a new and responsible way.

A unique depolymerization and refining process is used to convert textile waste, which consists of scraps from garment manufacturers, into fibers with properties comparable to virgin polyester. The new fibers are available in filament and staple forms, suitable for common textile processes and insulations batting uses.

The industry’s cooling and warming performance solutions, COOLMAX and THERMOLITE fibers, have been made from recycled raw materials such as recycled PET bottles for many years. The company will continue to offer these products in parallel with those made from textile waste.

The new products can be purchased from The LYCRA Company, except in Japan where ITOCHU will be responsible for sales and marketing. A variety of mills have access to the new offerings and will begin to develop fabrics with them.

For information on COOLMAX and THERMOLITE fibers made from textile waste, visit coolmax.com and thermolite.com.

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