Eastman, the producer of sustainably sourced Naiaä cellulosic fibre, has introduced its new Naia Renew portfolio. It is sourced from 60% wood pulp and 40% recycled waste plastics.
Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day with the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way.
Naia Renew cellulosic fibre is said to be traceable with certified biodegradability that captures the value of hard-to-recycle materials. It would otherwise be destined for landfills and can be produced at scale to deliver sustainability without compromise to the fashion world, Eastman said
“Naia Renew enables a circular economy for the fashion industry and helps brands meet their eco-conscious goals,” said Ruth Farrell, Global Marketing Director of textiles for Eastman.
They are transforming what a fabric can be and do to meet the sustainability demands of their customers and to create a world where brands and consumers can be in fashion without compromising on quality and performance.
Available as both a filament yarn and a staple fibre, Naia Renew offers clear advantages over other materials, Eastman adds.
Naia Renew filament features a silky hand, rich lustre and fluid drape and is used to create fashionable womenswear garments, while Naia Renew staple fibre is inherently soft and quick drying, with reduced pilling properties, making it ideal for everyday casual wear.
According to Eastman, fully circular, Naia Renew is produced with a low carbon footprint in a closed-loop process where solvents are safely recycled back into the system for reuse. The fibre is made from wood pulp sourced from certified forests, and the recycled plastics feedstock is generated via Eastman’s patented carbon renewal technology (CRT)*.
CRT is an integrated, molecular recycling technology that breaks down waste plastics, such as post- consumer carpet fibre and plastic packaging materials into basic molecular building blocks for the manufacture of new products including fibres. Eastman says it is a truly circular solution creating value from waste.
Naia is actively collaborating across the value chain for Naiaä Renew and will have announcements regarding brand partnerships soon.
The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2019 revenues of approximately $9.3 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.