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INVISTA Introduces Sustainable Spandex

Global fiber producer INVISTA has introduced a new bio-derived spandex that uses fiber from a renewable source made from dextrose derived from corn. The use of renewable feedstock results in lower CO2 emissions than spandex produced using traditional raw materials.

The sustainable spandex fiber–the only commercial offering of its kind–will be available worldwide and for use in a wide variety of apparel fabrics and garments.

According to INVISTA, “With this new LYCRA® brand offering, INVISTA is providing retailers and manufacturers of stretch fabrics a spandex fiber option that can impact the overall lifecycle analysis of the fabric and garment.”

Denise Sakuma, brand communications director for INVISTA, said the bio-derived spandex, called T162R, “is made using a different source of raw materials and is chemically identical to our other LYCRA fiber offerings. The overall lifecycle of a garment using T162R is the same as a garment using other LYCRA® fibers, only that the fiber contains renewable raw materials.”

She added, “We are limiting production of the fiber to fine deniers so any garment that uses those fibers is suitable. We are targeting the active wear and denim segments because these segments have publically voiced interest in sourcing sustainable materials.”

Arnaud Tandonnet, INVISTA Apparel global sustainability director, said, “We are very aware that sustainability topics are becoming increasingly important in the textile and apparel value chain, with growing awareness and building education on the subject at the consumer, brand/retail and mill level. In our research facilities we have successfully produced the fiber and evaluated it in fabric applications. The production of commercial quantities is planned for the autumn/winter 2015 and spring/summer 2016 collections. We look forward to working with our customers throughout the value chain as we expand this new development.”

Sakuma added, “The industry now has an option to produce fabrics and garments using a LYCRA® fiber based on renewable raw materials.”