Eastman Naia and DuPont Biomaterials launch new sustainable fabric collection


Eastman Naia and DuPont Biomaterials launch new sustainable fabric collection

Global specialty materials company Eastman has collaborated with
materials innovator DuPont Biomaterials to launch a new sustainable fabric
collection. It brings together Eastman Naia cellulosic fibers and DuPont
Sorona fibers to offer sustainable, biobased performance fabrics for
comfortable everyday wear.

“With Naia, we are committed to building a more sustainable fashion
industry in collaboration with industry partners. We are very excited to be
working with the Sorona team to launch a collection of wonderful fabrics
that are a great choice for womenswear fashion. More and more, designers
are looking for sustainable fabric choices. And this sustainable fabric
collection with biobased, renewable materials showcases that fashion can
come without any compromise on beauty, quality or comfort,” commented Ruth
Farrell, global marketing director of textiles for Eastman, in a press
release.

Eastman’s Naia cellulosic fibres are made with responsibly sourced wood
from sustainably managed pine and eucalyptus forests and plantations. They
are produced in a safe, closed-loop process where solvents are recycled
back into the system for reuse. Naia fibres have a low tree-to-fiber
environmental footprint and a third-party-reviewed life-cycle assessment
compliant with ISO 14044. Naia is also certified as biodegradable in
freshwater and soil environments and is compostable in industrial settings,
having received TÜV Austria’s “OK biodegradable” and “OK compost”
conformity marks.

Fiber inventor DuPont, known for groundbreaking fibers such as nylon,
Lycra, Kevlar and rayon, made its Sorona brand from 37 percent renewable
plant-based ingredients. It is a USDA certified biobased product and
received Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification. According to the company, the
high-performing fibers made with Sorona polymer are currently used in
various apparel applications, including athleisure and athletic wear,
insulation, swimwear, outerwear, suiting, faux fur and more.

”We believe collaboration is the only way we will deliver on our
promises to the textile industry. Our collaboration with Eastman’s Naia
branded fibers will allow more apparel brands the opportunity to address
tomorrow’s challenges through renewably sourced fiber materials without
compromising performance and value. Sustainable fashion is the future, and
this new collection is a great example of how you can create stunning
designs while caring for our planet,” said Renee Henze, global marketing
director at DuPont Biomaterials.

While Eastman’s Naia cellulosic staple fiber debuted at Première Vision
Paris in February, the new sustainable fabric collection by Eastman and
DuPont was available for visitors at Intertextile Shanghai in September and
for brands at the Première Vision marketplace site.

Image: Eastman / DuPont



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