Wilmington – The Lycra Company has announced that 25 of its fibre products have been awarded material health certificates at the gold level by the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Products Innovation Institute.
“Our goal was to make a step-change toward safe, fully optimized chemistries, so we looked to certify a broad range of products used across multiple fabric types and applications,” said Jean Hegedus, sustainable business development director for The Lycra Company, adding that the certifications underscored the company’s commitment to both transparency and safety.
The move to expand safe, fully optimized chemistries is a key component of The Lycra Company’s Planet Agenda platform for sustainability. Having met the gold level standard across 25 of its fibre products, the C2C Institute has recognised that – in addition to lower level requirements – the Lycra Company has had its nominated fibres 100 per cent assessed by weight, none of which contain any chemicals on its ‘banned’ list above the relevant thresholds.
“For each product type, we had to disclose our ingredients to the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute; and our suppliers, in turn, had to disclose their ingredients for full transparency,” added Francis Mason, Ph.D., a senior research engineer at The Lycra Company, who oversaw the project. “The products with Material Health Certificates come from all six of our Lycra fibre sites, so this recognition is truly global in scope.”
A listing of the products with Material Health Certificates, which are valid for two years, can be found on the company’s website and the website of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.