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Lycra at Performance Days Munich

Coolmax and Thermolite EcoMade polyesters have been available since 2021.

20th March 2024

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Munich

Clothing/​Footwear, Sports/​Outdoor

The Lycra Company is to participate in seminars being held during the upcoming Performance Days Munich from March 20-21, exploring the current state of polyester recycling from textile waste.

The seminars are being hosted by Accelerating Circularity, the non-profit organisation focused on textile-to-textile recycling systems on a commercial scale.

Jean Hegedus, Lycra’s director of sustainable business development will be a panelist in the Recycled Polyester Database Launch session, held in the Reality Zone from 3 to 4:30 p.m. each day at the exhibition. The platform will bring together polyester recyclers and fabric producers who are incorporating textile feedstocks into their processes and products.

Following the presentation, panelists will discuss the challenges of using textile waste and how to overcome them and will then break into groups to offer brands and retailers the opportunity to speak directly with providers in more detail.

The Lycra Company has been a leader in the development of speciality polyester fibres made from textile waste and has offered Coolmax and Thermolite EcoMade fibres made from 100% textile waste since 2021. These fibres are of virgin equivalent quality and are available in staple, filament and insulation forms. They can be used in a broad variety of applications from performance wear and outdoor garments to socks and ready-to-wear.

To help customers realise the benefits of sourcing products made from textile waste, last year The Lycra Company launched its Waste for Good promotional campaign. The messaging promotes the advancement of circularity in the apparel and textile industry with Coolmax and Thermolite EcoMade technologies.

“We are grateful to Accelerating Circularity for hosting this event and highlighting the need to move to textile waste as an input, setting the stage for our industry to close its own loop,” Hegedus said. “This is particularly important as recycled bottles are projected to be in short supply within the next few years, with bottling companies working to secure supply for their own recycling efforts.”

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