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As brands and consumers become more proactive in seeking out eco-friendly products, Hyosung continues to further its sustainable programs and product offerings. 

When developing sustainable technologies and programs, partnerships can provide benefits for companies and brands involved, along with local communities being served. Recent examples are Hyosung’s recycling initiatives based in South Korea.

To establish a new resource circulation system, Hyosung partnered with the Ministry of Environment, Jeju Provincial Government, and fashion brand, Pleatsmama, to produce recycled polyester made from discarded PET bottles from Jeju Island. 

Hyosung followed by expanding its domestic PET collection and recycling initiative to include the city of Seoul to produce regen Seoul polyester. 

Addressing ocean plastic waste, Hyosung expanded its recycling initiative to include the waters surrounding South Korea where it collects discarded PET bottles from cruise ships to develop regen Ocean polyester. 

Hyosung recently signed an MOU with the Busan metropolitan government and social venture Netspa to produce Mipan regen Ocean, a recycled nylon textile made from abandoned fishing nets. 

“The conversation around sustainability began with brands wanting something sustainable, and back then the easiest thing to do was to implement recycled product into their lines,” said Mike Simko, Hyosung Global Marketing Director-Textiles. “Conversations around sustainability have matured with companies setting ambitious sustainability objectives and publishing them for all to see.” 

Hyosung published the results of a LCA comparing the environmental performance of its creora® regen spandex to its virgin creora® spandex, which concluded creora® regen spandex reduces carbon dioxide production by approximately 67 percent compared to its creora® spandex in the production of 1 kg.

“Sustainability is a journey. The industry has a deeper understanding of the impact that the textile industry has on the environment, and more importantly, there is a desire to make improvements,” said Simko.

Hyosung’s sustainability collection will be on display at the Functional Fabric Fair in Portland, OR October 27-28.

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