LYCRA Completes Sustainability Assessment at Manufacturing Sites
In an effort to establish an environmental baseline to pursue continuous improvement, the LYCRA Company has completed the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM) self-assessment at all six of its Lycra fiber manufacturing sites. The impact assessment reviews environmental management systems, energy use, emissions, water usage, wastewater, and waste and chemical management at the facility level.The Higg FEM gives manufacturers, brands and retailers a clear, holistic picture of facility-specific environmental performance and impacts.
The LYCRA Company’s Maydown site, located in the North West of Northern Ireland, piloted the module more than a year ago. Based on initial learnings, the remaining five production facilities completed self-assessments simultaneously. Gary Huffman, director of operations excellence, The LYCRA Company, stated, “Having all sites complete the module underscores our commitment to manufacturing excellence across a broad variety of sustainability parameters and gives us a framework for future improvements.”
Modules posted to the Higg portal in December 2020 can now be shared securely with customers upon request through the Higg platform, offering insights into the company’s sustainability performance and reinforcing its commitment to transparency. Nish Vasavada, global director of environment, health and safety (EHS) for The LYCRA Company, said his team is developing a plan for an approved independent third party to audit the site modules this year.
The Higg Index suite of tools was developed by The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC); The LYCRA Company, the only spandex (elastane) producer member of the SAC Third-party assessments like the Higg FEM are a key component of The LYCRA Company’s sustainability platform, Planet Agenda, which spans all aspects of business operations through three core pillars: corporate responsibility, manufacturing excellence and product sustainability.