New Lululemon Product Made With Enzymatically Recycled Polyester And CO2

Lululemon's New Product Made With Enzymatically Recycled Polyester And CO2 - Carbon Herald
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The athletic clothing brand lululemon athletica revealed the release of a special edition Packable Anorak jacket, the first of its kind to be made from enzymatically recycled polyester and captured CO2. 

This announcement marks a significant achievement in textile recycling and the brand’s efforts to establish a circular ecosystem.

The new product comes as a result of lululemon’s collaborations with Samsara Eco and LanzaTech. In February, lululemon and Samsara introduced the first-ever product made from enzymatically recycled nylon 6,6, a popular plastic in the textile sector. 

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The technology behind the novel product was developed by Samsara, which specializes in utilizing enzymatic recycling to transform plastic waste back into its basic chemical components, allowing for the creation of new, high-quality plastics without the need for fossil fuels.

Back in 2021, lululemon also collaborated with LanzaTech, aiming to create yarn and polyester fabric using recycled carbon emissions.

LanzaTech’s biology-based method helps convert captured carbon into essential materials that would typically be made from new fossil resources. The company has successfully converted carbon emissions captured from steel mill operations into products such as sustainable aviation fuel, clothing ranges, laundry detergent, household cleaner, and fine fragrances. 

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By combining the knowledge of both partnerships, lululemon introduced a new jacket crafted with enzymatically recycled polyester. The material in this jacket is created through a blend of bioprocessing technologies, which includes enzyme-based recycling from Samsara and captured carbon from LanzaTech.

Polyester accounts for the majority of lululemon’s material procurement by weight, making up just over one-third of the total materials used in its products, while nylon follows closely behind. 

As fashion waste continues to pose a serious threat to the climate and consumers become increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of their purchasing decisions, lululemon has established a set of sustainability objectives, such as aiming to use at least 75% recycled polyester by 2025 and ensuring that all products are made with preferred materials by then.

Lululemon also plans to implement end-to-end solutions to promote a circular ecosystem by 2030.

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