Lycra steps up use of recycled material in fiber offerings

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The Lycra Company announced that it is expanding its Planet Agenda sustainability platform with the launch of Lycra EcoMade fiber, made with recycled material.

Lycra, which was sold by Invista to a Chinese-based textile company, has it headquarters near Wilmington.

The company also announced plans to convert the majority of Coolmaxand Thermolite fiber products to include recycled content by the end of 2021.

The official launch will take place at Intertextile Shanghai, later this month.

“The Planet Agenda platform focuses on providing insights, technologies, products, and processes that can contribute to a more sustainable industry,” says Jean Hegedus, The Lycra Company’s sustainability director. “Planet Agenda is built around three interdependent pillars: product sustainability, manufacturing excellence, and corporate responsibility. Through these pillars, we offer a variety of sustainable solutions focused on waste reduction, safe and transparent chemical usage, garment wear life, and sustainable resources.”

The EcoMade family of recycled products now includes the majority of The Lycra Company’s apparel brands.

The Lycra Co. produces fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries, as well as specialty chemicals used in spandex and polyurethane production.

The company’s history stretches back to 1958 with DuPont’s invention of the original spandex yarn. For more information, visit

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