Fiber Innovation

Scaling Recycled Fibers from Textile Waste

This paper describes the challenges involved in recycling garments made with stretch fibers, including elastane and elastomultiester, and more importantly, provides an update on solutions in addressing these challenges.

Saal B
Mittwoch, 13.09.2023, 13:30 - 13:55 Uhr
Jean Hegedus, The LYCRA Company, Robbinsville (USA)

Garments made with stretch fibers bring a variety of benefits to consumers, such as enhanced comfort, style, and fit.  However, they can also pose unique challenges for brands, retailers and their value chains working to advance a circular business model.  This paper outlines those challenges and provides an update on both short and longer-term solutions, including advances in recycling technologies, fiber technologies, and fiber selection. Specifically, the paper examines solutions for garments that contain elastane and/or elastomultiester.  Finally, it proposes an “eco-system” of solutions that are needed to bring these technologies to broad based commercialization.