Origin Materials Inc., a leading carbon-negative materials company, and PrimaLoft, an advanced material technology company in the development of high-performance insulations and fabrics, announced a strategic alliance to develop carbon-negative, insulating, high-performance fibers.
The fibers will be used across an array of end products, including insulating fiber for outdoor, fashion, and lifestyle brands, as well as home goods applications such as hypoallergenic insulated bedding.
PrimaLoft signed a capacity-reservation agreement with Origin Materials and the companies will work to develop and commercialize new products derived from Origin Materials’ platform. The collaboration will leverage PrimaLoft’s position as a leader of insulating fibers and filaments with more than 900 global brand partners, including iconic brands like Patagonia, Stone Island, L.L. Bean, Lululemon, adidas and Nike. It also has a global network of manufacturers that employ an array of textile processes to make its products, including extrusion, carding, spinning, finishing, weaving, knitting, dyeing, airlaid, meltblown and other technologies.
With its brand building team, PR team, global sales organization and brand partners, as well as its working relationships with the six largest global premium fiber manufacturers, PrimaLoft is well-positioned to partner with Origin Materials to provide the textile industry with novel carbon-negative material solutions. The collaboration will focus on developing fibers from carbon-negative PET and next-generation polymers produced with Origin Materials’ patented technology platform.
The collaboration builds on PrimaLoft’s “Relentlessly Responsible” mission to elevate performance and sustainability, through innovation. The platform includes:
- PrimaLoft Bio, which was developed and launched into the market in late 2018 as an effort to battle microplastics in the ocean
- PrimaLoft P.U.R.E., which provides materials manufactured with greater than 50 percent CO2 savings
- PrimaLoft’s post-consumer recycling initiative
The next frontier for the company is non-petroleum based raw materials, including products that biodegrade and other circular economy solutions.
Origin Materials believes its technology platform, which turns inexpensive, sustainable wood residues into carbon-negative materials, will help to revolutionize the production of a range of end products, including clothing, textiles, plastics, packaging, car parts, tires, carpeting, toys, and more with a ~$1 trillion addressable market.
In addition, Origin Materials’ technology platform is expected to provide stable pricing de-coupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on wood.