INVISTA said it has introduced the only commercial offering of a bio-derived spandex available for use in apparel fabrics and garments.
The new Lycra bio-derived spandex fibre is made from dextrose, a renewable-based raw material derived from corn.
INVISTA plans to produce commercial quantities of the fibre this year so that manufacturers can use the product in their AW15 and SS16 collections.
The firm’s global sustainability director Arnaud Tandonnet said: “We are very aware that sustainability topics are becoming increasingly important in the textile and apparel value chain, with growing awareness and building education on the subject at the consumer, brand/retail and mill level. In our research facilities we have successfully produced the fibre and evaluated it in fabric applications.”
“We look forward to working with our customers throughout the value chain as we expand this new development,” Tandonnet added.