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[ BRIEFS ] swatches
Insulation from fabric scraps
he Lycra company has introduced Thermolite®
T
Thermolite EcoMade fiber insulates against
harsh outdoor conditions. Photo: Lycra
EcoMade fiber made from
100-percent textile waste for insulation applications. This new warming
technology involves recycling textile waste from cutting room floors that
would have been sent to a landfill or incinerated and transforming it into
high-performance fibers for insulation. After fabric scraps are collected from
garment-makers, they go through a four-step process before becoming a
finished product. This process includes depolymerization and refining, chip
manufacture, fiber formation and finally batting and insulation production.
The resulting insulation can be used in accessories, activewear, denim,
outerwear, sleeping bags, socks and more.
The fiber is available in two versions of insulation-both thin-loft and midloft
battings. Each is made with 85 percent or more recycled fibers, including
about 50 percent Thermolite fiber made from recycled PET bottles and 35
percent made from the new textile waste product. By using textile waste
as an input to make commercial performance fibers, Lycra is providing a
solution to help the industry deal with its textile waste problem, as well
as creating a starting point for circularity.
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