22/10/2020 – New sustainable fabric collection

Eastman Naia and DuPont Biomaterials collaborate

New fabric collection brings together Eastman Naia cellulosic fibers and DuPont Sorona fibers to offer sustainable, exceptional performance fabrics.

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NaiaSorona – collection of wonderful sustainable fabrics that are a great choice for womenswear fashion. © Eastman

 

Comfortable everyday wear

The Naia portfolio of sustainable fibers gives designers more choices and versatility to create. Naia filament yarn transforms fabrics into luxurious, comfortable, and easy-to-care-for fabrics, while Naia staple fiber blends perfectly with other eco-conscious fibers to create supremely soft, quick-drying fabrics that consistently reduce pilling.

Made with responsibly sourced wood from sustainably managed pine and eucalyptus forests and plantations, Naia brings the richness of nature to comfortable and effortlessly luxurious fabrics. Produced in a safe, closed-loop process where solvents are recycled back into the system for reuse, Naia is made through optimized, low-impact manufacturing.

  • It has a low tree-to-fiber environmental footprint and a third-party-reviewed life-cycle assessment compliant with ISO 14044.
  • Naia is certified as biodegradable in freshwater and soil environments.
  • It is compostable in industrial settings, receiving the “OK biodegradable” and “OK compost” conformity marks from TÜV Austria.
  • Most recently, Naia staple fiber received the “OK compost” certification for home settings.

With a rich history of textile innovation, DuPont has invented groundbreaking fibers such as nylon, Lycra, DuPont Kevlar and rayon. Its Sorona brand — made from 37 percent renewable plant-based ingredients — offers a high-performing, responsibly sourced material option. Fibers made with Sorona polymer are currently used in various apparel applications, including athleisure and athletic wear, insulation, swimwear, outerwear, suiting, faux fur and more.

  • DuPont Sorona polymer is a breakthrough, biobased, high-performance polymer offering unique benefits for the apparel industry.
  • Sorona minimizes the impact on the environment without sacrificing quality and performance.
  • It offers unique performance benefits, including incredible softness, stretch and recovery, and inherent stain resistance without the need for topical treatments.
  • Sorona is a USDA certified biobased product and received Oeko-Tex Standard100 Certification.

Ruth Farrell, global marketing director of textiles for Eastman:

“With Naia, we are committed to building a more sustainable fashion industry in collaboration with industry partners. We are very excited to be working with the Sorona team to launch a collection of wonderful fabrics that are a great choice for womenswear fashion. More and more, designers are looking for sustainable fabric choices. And this sustainable fabric collection with biobased, renewable materials showcases that fashion can come without any compromise on beauty, quality or comfort.”

Renee Henze, global marketing director at DuPont Biomaterials:

“We believe collaboration is the only way we will deliver on our promises to the textile industry. Our collaboration with Eastman’s Naia branded fibers will allow more apparel brands the opportunity to address tomorrow’s challenges through renewably sourced fiber materials without compromising performance and value. Sustainable fashion is the future, and this new collection is a great example of how you can create stunning designs while caring for our planet.”