The Lycra Company’s Thermolite® EcoMade fiber, announced last April, which is made from 100 percent textile waste, is now available for insulation applications. The new thermal technology involves recycling textile waste from the tailoring process, which would otherwise end up in a landfill or be incinerated, and converting it into high-performance insulation fibers. Once garment makers collect the fabric scraps, they go through a four-step process before becoming a final product:
1) depolymerization and refining,
2) chip manufacturing,
3) fiber formation
4) batting and insulation production.
“We are initially promoting the fiber in two versions of insulation – both thin-loft and mid-loft battings, each made with ≥ 85 percent of recycled fibers, including ≥ 50 percent Thermolite fiber made from recycled PET bottles and ≥ 35 percent made from the new textile waste product,” explained Arnaud Ruffin, vice president, brands and retail at The Lycra Company. “Both batting offerings 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.”