The LYCRA Company Announces Its New LYCRA EcoMade Fibers


One of the global leaders in innovative fiber and technology solutions for the apparel industry, the LYCRA Company, has recently announced its new EcoMade fibers Type 166E and 162E have been certified to the Global Recycled Standard.

LYCRA EcoMade fiber is the company’s first branded spandex that is made with recycled materials.

“We’re excited to have received GRS certification for these new products,” said Jean Hegedus, sustainability director, The LYCRA Company. The Global Recycled Standard verifies recycled material and includes strict social, environmental and chemical requirements.

The difference between the LYCRA EcoMade fiber and the original LYCRA fiber is that the EcoMade was created partly with fiber waste collected at the company’s manufacturing sites and blended with virgin polymer, which reduces the waste. 

“We believe sustainability is a journey of continuous improvement that touches every aspect of our business, from reducing energy, water usage and waste at our sites to developing new products with excellent performance and a smaller footprint,” said Hegedus. “As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability under The LYCRA Company’s Planet Agenda, we have also set a goal to convert the vast majority of our COOLMAX® and THERMOLITE® fiber business to post-consumer recycled versions by 2021.”

Trade show guests are able to visit the LYCRA Company booth to see its latest innovations from November 19-20 at Basketball City, Pier 36 in New York City. Hours are Tuesday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more show information, visit

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