How technology enables synthetic textiles in new sportswear line to behave like natural fibres
The patented and scientifically-based solution ”turns” polyester and nylon into a wool-like textile, leaving only basic natural elements behind.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
January 19, 2024
Over 60% of today’s textiles are made with plastic-based synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon, which remain indefinitely in the environment because they are not inherently biodegradable.
Launched in 2017, CiCLO technology is a textile ingredient designed to mitigate synthetic microfibre pollution, the most prevalent form of micro-plastic. When added to polyester or nylon, it allows fibres that end up fugitive in the environment to behave like natural fibers such as wool. Conventional polyester and nylon are obviously plastics that persist indefinitely, but microorganisms can completely break down CiCLO polyester and nylon, leaving behind only basic natural elements. The chemistry used to make the technology is ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX certified and rigorously studied for biodegradation by multiple third-party labs using internationally recognised test methods.
The American venture’s latest partnership is together with sportswear brand Champion for the launch of its new capsule Eco Future Reverse Weave (pictured above). By incorporating CiCLO technology, it reduces plastic textile fibers in the environment by giving polyester an eventual expiration date. The collection also features dyes with ingredients derived from nature, including pomegranate, annatto fruit, terminalia chebula fruit, and kerria lacca insects.
— Through our partnership with CICLO, we aim to be a catalyst for positive change in the fashion industry, driving conscious choices, responsible actions, and continuous improvements, says Vanessa LeFebvre, President of Global Activewear at Champion.