RENEWABLE AT SCALE
Available in large scale quantities starting in 4Q 2024.
Learn how we are accelerating the transition from fossil-based ingredients in the apparel and textile industry to renewable resources with bio-derived LYCRA® fiber made with QIRA®.
This report details the benefits of this sustainable and scalable solution, explains regenerative agriculture and how corn is transformed into spandex (elastane) fibers.
Results from two previous life cycle assessments on LYCRA® fiber showed that its greatest environmental impact – nearly 60% – comes from its ingredients.
Converting a key ingredient from fossil-based to renewable field corn may reduce the carbon footprint of LYCRA® fiber by up to 44%*.
Our collaboration on bio-derived LYCRA® fiber made with QIRA® will deliver more sustainable solutions at scale to brands and retailers focusing on reducing their own products footprints.
Read our thought leadership posts on important sustainability topics.
QIRA® is made by Qore®, a joint venture between Cargill, a leader in agricultural and fermentation technologies, and HELM, a leading marketer and distributor of chemicals. QIRA® is their brand of a chemical known as BDO. Unlike standard BDO, which is fossil-fuel based, QIRA® is derived from field or dent corn, an annually renewable resource which is not for direct human consumption. The bio-derived QIRA® will be converted into PTMEG, the key ingredient used in LYCRA® fiber.