Genomatica uses biotechnology and fermentation to convert plant-based ingredients into widely used chemical building blocks, like those used to make nylon. These building blocks are converted to pellets and yarns, and the companies will be working closely with Lululemon’s fabric supply chain to incorporate this material into future products.
Through this collaboration, the companies seek to create positive change within the $22 billion global nylon market by building more sustainable supply chains, the two companies said in a joint statement.
Calvin McDonald, CEO, Lululemon said, “Genomatica's bio-based innovations, along with their distinctive track record of successful commercial applications, will help us deliver on our Impact Agenda goals to make 100 per cent of our products with sustainable materials and end-of-use solutions by 2030, as we move toward a circular ecosystem.”
“The combination of biotechnology, fermentation and renewable feedstocks can provide a powerful means to disrupt the apparel industry through sustainable sourcing. This unique collaboration will help meet increasing consumer demand for more environmentally friendly products and set an example for consumer brand owners worldwide,” said Christophe Schilling, CEO, Genomatica.
“By transitioning our nylon to renewable content, we will impact over half of the synthetic materials we use in our supply chain,” said Patty Stapp, VP, raw materials, Lululemon.
In October 2020, Lululemon released its first-ever Impact Agenda, outlining ambitious social and environmental goals and multi-year strategies towards a more equitable, sustainable and healthy future. The collaboration with Genomatica is one of the many ways lululemon is bringing new, sustainable innovation to its raw materials. Additional examples include the company’s partnership with Mylo, to use a mycelium-based leather, and LanzaTech, for polyester made using recycled carbon emissions.
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