Sustainability Framework

XLANCE® EOL yarn: a sustainable stretch solution.

Saal A
Donnerstag, 12.09.2024, 14:20 - 14:45 Uhr

XLANCE® polyolefin-based yarn represents a more sustainable alternative to elastane. In this age dominated by a throwaway economy, XLANCE®’s mission is to provide customers with a sustainably-made product, expressively intended for the creation of high quality and durable elastic garments, which can be recycled at the end of their (long!) life.

Since the late 1960s, the textile industry has predominantly relied on elastane to lend elasticity to fabrics; however, the use of elastane is increasingly becoming a concern, due to its environmental issues (e.g., dry-spinning process, microfiber pollution, hindering of textile waste recycling…). The need for more sustainable elastomers is thus apparent. In this perspective, XLANCE® polyolefin-based elastic yarn represents an intriguing alternative to elastane: it is produced through a solvent-free melt-spinning process; with its low heat-setting temperature of 120 °C it affords the processors a substantial energy saving along with reduction of CO2 emissions; thanks to its extreme chemical and physical resistance, thence long-lasting stretch, XLANCE® enables to develop durable stretch garments, keeping their performance for a longer period, and, since it has no tendency to fragmentation, it is not prone to microfiber shedding. And, last but not least, thanks to its polyolefin backbone and extreme chemical resistance, XLANCE® yarn is completely inert to the reactions typically employed in chemical recycling; therefore, if wanting to recycle fabrics containing XLANCE®, one can take advantage from the fact that it stays intact and it can be easily separated (for example by filtration) from the reaction mixture, thus not interfering with the depolymerization and recovery of the main hard yarn component. The separated XLANCE® amount is then suitable for recycling through pyrolysis. That is, the chemical recyclability of fabrics elasticized with XLANCE® was established.