Global elastane manufacturer Hyosung has received eco-product certification from Standard Global Services (SGS) guaranteeing that creora® bio-based elastane is made with plant-based materials and is produced in a harmless and eco-friendly environment, a Knitting Industry article reports. Hyosung’s creora is made by replacing 30 percent of petroleum-based resources with bio-based raw materials derived from industrial field corn, known as dent corn.
According to a recent third-party life cycle assessment (LCA), the manufacture of this product reduces its carbon footprint by 23 percent, as compared to the production of regular elastane. Additionally, the sustainably grown feedstock used to make the fiber is responsibly grown by farmers who target and measure their efforts to protect the land, air and water.
“Brands are looking to develop deeper connections and trust with consumers concerned with how products they love impact the environment,” said Mike Simko, Hyosung global marketing director textiles. “As a sustainable textile solution provider, it was very important for us to certify and document creora® bio-based elastane so that our brand partners are able to pass along this verification and sustain consumer loyalty.”
While ideally used with other bio-derived natural fibers and bio-derived synthetics, the company says the product is suitable for all textile applications used for sportswear, ready to wear and loungewear, providing the same ultra-stretch quality and recovery as Hyosung’s creora Powerfit elastane. According to the company, it’s planning on introducing creora bio-based elastane made with 100 percent bio-derived content in the future.
SGS, a leading inspection and verification company, is recognized world-wide for providing an international standard for quality and reliability.