To help brands produce enduring, eco-friendly products that their customers are anticipating, Hyosung has developed a new “regen sustainability program” that uses 100 percent recycled multi-performance fibers that will be introduced at ISPO Munich on Jan. 26.
The program was inspired by the fact that sustainably made products have become more of a consumer expectation than just an industry trend, Hyosung said, and brands are relying on strong collaborations with their supply chain partners to make apparel and gear that consumers feel good about purchasing.
Among Hyosung’s latest developments are the company’s new Creora regen recycled spandex made from 100 percent reclaimed waste, and its new Mipan regen robic, a recycled high-tenacity nylon made also from 100 percent reclaimed waste. Both fibers have been adopted by leading brands for use in various applications, such as activewear, workwear, backpacks and bags.
“It was very important that we develop our Creora regen spandex and Mipan regen robic high-tenacity nylon without compromising the fibers’ high-performance features,” Mike Simko, Hyosung global marketing director for textiles, said. “It was equally important to make these fibers with 100 percent reclaimed waste, as with every ton of recycled elastane we produce, we save approximately two tons of non-renewable raw material being extracted from the earth.”
Hyosung’s new regen program also extends to its multifunction nylon and polyester fiber collections and features regen Askin polyester cooling and UV protective fiber, regen Cotna polyester natural touch fiber and regen Aerocool polyester sweat-absorbing and quick-drying fiber.
“Having such a comprehensive package of recycled, multifunction fibers is quite unique and we are excited to not only offer our partners the best possible range of sustainable product offerings, but to also help lift the industry as a whole by being better stewards of the earth,” Simon Whitmarsh-Knight, Hyosung EMEA marketing director for performance textiles, added.
Hyosung, based in Seoul, South Korea, is a comprehensive manufacturer of fibers such as Creora elastane—considered the world’s largest spandex brand—Mipan nylon and specialty polyester.