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Lycra completes Higg Facility Environmental Module self- assessment

Mar '21
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Lycra, a leader in sustainable fibre solutions for apparel, has completed the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM) self-assessment at all six of its Lycra fibre manufacturing sites. The company’s Maydown site, in Ireland, piloted the module a year ago. Based on initial learnings, the other five production facilities completed self-assessments.

The robust impact assessment, which reviews environmental management systems, energy use, emissions, water usage, wastewater, and waste and chemical management at the facility level, helps manufacturing locations establish an environmental baseline to pursue continuous improvement. Modules posted to the Higg portal in December 2020 and can now be shared securely with customers upon request through the Higg platform, offering insights into Lycra’s sustainability performance and reinforcing its commitment to transparency, according to Lycra.

The Higg Index suite of tools was developed by The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The Higg FEM gives manufacturers, brands, and retailers a clear, holistic picture of facility-specific environmental performance and impacts. Assessments help identify and scale opportunities for sustainability improvements that protect the well-being of factory workers, local communities and the environment. Lycra, the only spandex (elastane) producer member of the SAC, plays an active role on several sub-committees of the coalition, Lycra said in a media statement.

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. Additional certifications include Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification of the company’s EcoMade family of recycled products; Standard 100 certification by Oeko-Tex for Lycra, Lycra T400, Coolmax, and Thermolite fibres; and Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard Material Health Certificates (Gold Level) for 25 Lycra fibre products, Lycra said.

“I would like to thank all of the sites and the team that assisted them for their efforts in achieving this significant milestone. 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,” Gary Huffman, director of operations excellence, Lycra said in a statement.

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