Invista, integrated producer of polymers and fibers, and owner of the Lycra brand, has recently introduced a bio-derived spandex, available globally and applicable to a wide variety of apparel fabrics and garments. Approximately 70% of the weight of the new Lycra bio-derived spandex fiber comes from a renewable source made from dextrose, which is derived from corn. The application of a renewable feedstock in the making of this new Lycra bio-derived fiber results in a lower CO2 emissions footprint than spandex produced using traditional raw materials.

With this new Lycra brand offering, Invista provides a new fiber option to retailers and manufacturers of stretch fabrics and spandex, that can impact on the overall lifecycle analysis of the fabric and garment.

Robert L. Kirkwood, executive vice president of Apparel Marketing and Technology commented: “The bio-derived Lycra fiber offering is another example that confirms Invista’s commitment to the apparel industry.”

Arnaud Tandonnet, Invista Apparel global sustainability director, added: “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 fiber and evaluated it in fabric applications. The production of commercial quantities is planned for the fall/winter 2015 and spring/summer 2016 collections. We look forward to working with our customers throughout the value chain as we expand this new development.”

As explained by Invista Apparel and Advanced Textiles’ management, they are committed to an own sustainability program, the Planet Agenda, which focuses on three main objectives: minimizing Invista’s environmental footprint by conserving resources, reducing emissions and eliminating waste at its manufacturing plants; offering competitive products that meet the needs of the apparel markets, using fewer resources and to enhance the environmental performance of all fabrics; protecting the health and safety of their workers and communities, participating in local stewardship initiatives.