Company News: Eco Updates from Cordura, Primaloft & Gildan
CORDURA is offering a new, cutting-edge GRS certified 100 percent recycled nylon 6,6 fabric with the launch of re-core, the company’s advanced sustainability platform built on a mission to “expect more, waste less.” Cordura business development dIrector Cindy McNaull explains, “While re-core is a nod to the obvious – recycled – it also represents regenerative, renewed and everything to do with ESG attributes.” (ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance.)
The new high-tenancy Cordura recycled nylon 6,6 collection focuses on styles developed for Fall/Winter 2023 and includes undyed options for additional eco saving.
The mechanical, pre-consumer recycling processing for the new RN66 takes place in Cordura’s Kingston, Ontario, Canada facility, the company’s flagship airbag fiber manufacturing facility for North America.
An early adopter is Black Ember, a San-Francisco-based backpack specialist. The new recycled nylon 6,6 is slated to be on display in the Cordura booth at Winter Outdoor Retailer in Denver next month, which will serve as the official launch of re-core.
PRIMALOFT is giving $450k in public-private investment to boost a marine tech research facility at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus that was recently awarded nearly $1.2M for a new Biodegradable Plastics Lab. The UMass Laboratory will enable efficient testing of plastic biodegradation, helping address the significant waste caused by traditional plastics used in textiles, packaging, and other products that accumulate in the ocean and other water resources. UMass Dartmouth has a legacy in the textile sciences, as well as an established leadership position in marine sciences and sustainability.
“With sustainability at the forefront and new biodegradable materials and technologies emerging, the need for testing and validation is paramount,” said Mike Joyce, PrimaLoft president and CEO. The company has been at the forefront of developing biodegradable technologies for performance fabrics. “The expertise provided by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and in particular the School for Marine Science & Technology, is a perfect fit for validation of these technologies,'' added Joyce, a 1985 graduate of the University.
Gildan Activewear has acquired Frontier Yarns for approximately $168M according to a company statement, in a deal that includes four Frontier’s yarn operations located in North Carolina that employ roughly 800 individuals. During 2021, approximately 40 percent of Frontier’s production was dedicated to yarn sold to Gildan for textile manufacturing in Central America and the Caribbean. The acquisition will allow Gildan to build on its global vertically-integrated supply chain through internalizing yarn production, as well support yarn availability for Gildan’s textile capacity expansion plans in Central America and Caribbean.