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Keeping active with Hyosung xanadu

New polyester fibre draws interest from athleisure brands hopping on a commuter-ready apparel trend.

29th March 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Seoul, South Korea

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

With workplaces opening back up as the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, consumers are thinking about running, walking or biking to work to maintain their active lifestyles, along with helping the environment.

 Performance apparel with a more business-casual style is emerging and textiles made with Hyosung’s xanadu mechanical stretch fibre are helping brands achieve this aesthetic.

Hyosung xanadu is a multi-functional fibre made from a blend of PET and corn-based materials. The company also offers an eco-friendlier version – regen xanadu – made with a blend of recycled post-consumer PET and corn-based materials.

Xanadu’s spring-like structure is the secret to providing comfortable stretch and recovery. Its additional benefits include rapid moisture transport and quick drying. It is also wrinkle resistant and retains its colour, making it the perfect fibre for long-lasting, easy-to-care-for apparel.

“We’ve had incredible interest in xanadu due to the fibre’s balance of stretch, recovery, fit and comfort,” said Mike Simko, Hyosung’s global marketing director for textiles. “It’s a great solution for performance apparel styles such as commuter pants, joggers and workout tops that want more of a comfort stretch garment than high control.”


Due to the popularity of its multi-functional recycled yarns, Hyosung recently published a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for its GRS Certified, 100% recycled regen polyester fibres made from post-consumer PET. The study, which was conducted by a third-party certifier, revealed that regen polyester reduces carbon dioxide generation by 66.5% compared to virgin polyester in the production of 1 kg. Additionally, regen polyester reduces the use of fossil fuels by 80% and the use of water by 71% compared to the use of virgin polyester.  

Hyosung will highlight its xanadu fabric collection along with its extensive portfolio of sustainable textile solutions to include creora regen spandex, creora bio-based spandex and regen multi-function yarns at the Functional Fabric Fair in Portland, Oregon from April 4-5, 2022, at booth 604.

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