The Lycra Company launches sustainable insulation
The Lycra Company has launched Thermolite® EcoMade fibre made from 100% textile waste for insulation applications.
This new warming technology involves recycling textile waste from cutting room floors that would have been sent to a landfill or incinerated, and transforming it into high performance fibre for insulation. Once fabric scraps are collected from garment makers, they go through a four-step process before becoming a finished product: depolymerisation and refining; chip manufacture; fibre formation; and batting and insulation production.
The fibre is initially available in two versions for insulation – thin-loft and mid-loft battings – each made with ≥ 85% of recycled fibers, including ≥ 50% Thermolite fiber made from recycled PET bottles and ≥ 35% made from the new textile waste product.
‘Our new textile waste fibre can be used in unique batting constructions to deliver outstanding warming performance,’ said Arnaud Ruffin, vice president, brands and retail at The Lycra Company. ‘Both battings deliver durability and outstanding levels of performance combined with unmatched sustainability credentials for the outdoor industry, while warmth per unit weight and other insulation characteristics meet the industry’s highest expectations.’