RENEWABLE AT SCALE
Available in large scale quantities starting in 4Q 2024.
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 renewable LYCRA® fiber made with QIRA® will deliver more sustainable solutions at scale to brands and retailers focusing on reducing their own products footprints.
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.
Renewable LYCRA® fiber with QIRA® can be used in a wide variety of applications from denim to swimwear, intimates to diapers. The fiber will be made with 70% renewable content, derived from field or dent corn. Discover how we transform corn into fiber.