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HeiQ and The LYCRA Company introduce the new LYCRA® naturalFX™ technology

In Sync with nature’s rhythm

LYCRA® naturalFXTM technology, powered by HeiQ, enhances cotton knitwear, addressing critical consumer pain points, and improving the consumer’s overall wearing experience. This technology provides durable comfort stretch, fit, and soft hand-feel to 100% cotton knitwear compared to conventional finishes.

 

Lycra® naturalFXTM

Durable wearing comfort

In Sync with nature’s rhythm

LYCRA® naturalFXTM technology, powered by HeiQ, enhances cotton knitwear, addressing critical consumer pain points, and improving the consumer’s overall wearing experience. This technology provides durable comfort stretch, fit, and soft hand-feel to 100% cotton knitwear compared to conventional finishes.

New consumer benefits

‘Mono-fibre’ approach makes assists recyclability whilst technology enhances durability.

Super-Soft Hand

Breathability

Enhanced Wearing Comfort:
soft strech

Improved washing durability

Long-lasting Fit and shape retention

Endorsed by certified, LYCRA® brand, performance

 

Growing importance of natural fibres

Consumers like wearing cotton…

74 % of consumers say cotton is their favourite fabric to wear. Fully 93% percent say better quality garments are made from natural fibres such as cotton.*

43% of consumers say fibre content is the most beneficial factor for determining how long an article of clothing will last.…and items made of 100 % cotton are kept 1.5 years longer than items made with less or no cotton.**

*According to the 2021 Cotton Incorporated Lifestyle Monitor™ Survey
** According to the CCI and Cotton Incorporated 2020 Global Durability Survey

but also look for comfort, fit and durability – ALL in ONE!

When shoppers deciding whether to buy an item of clothing, Comfort (87%) is ranked as the top purchase driver. That’s followed by Fit (84%), Overall quality (83 %) and Durability (79 %) according to the survey.*

Upgrade your 100 % Cotton Knitwearing Experience

HeiQ 100% cotton wearing experience

How does it work?

Application process

This technology is engineered with smart self-bonding polymer delivering unique consumer benefits and replacing standard softeners.

It will be applied on fabrics during their dyeing and finishing stage using conventional processes.

All fabrics will be tested at The LYCRA Company, to assure consumer benefits such comfort, breathability, fit, shape retention, and low shrinkage are delivered.

Once approved, rights to use the branding on packaging will be granted and benefiting from the high global LYCRA ® brand awareness and strong endorsement.

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HeiQ Ten…

Recycled & Made in Spain: This mint-scented baselayer has a short supply chain

ISPO Award Winner 2022: Ternua SEAL L/S T-SHIRT M&W

Ternua made this SEAL L/S T-SHIRT M&W seamless baselayer in its own factory in Spain from recycled nylon. This comes from discarded fishing nets that were previously collected in Spain and recycled into yarn.

The apparel industry is notorious for its convoluted, globally branching supply chains. The origin of raw materials in particular often cannot be traced back with certainty. So, it’s easier if the entire value chain takes place in just one country.

Made in Spain

In fact, supply chains don’t always have to be long: Ternua’s SEAL L/S T-SHIRT M&W was made in its own factory in the Pyrenees using Seamless technology. But that alone would be nothing special for Ternua. More remarkable is that the raw material also comes from Spain. The baselayer is made from a functional, recycled nylon yarn that comes from discarded fishing nets collected in Spain. Thus, Ternua not only saves unnecessary transport across several national borders, but also actively does something for the environment by giving marine waste a second, valuable life.

The yarn was developed together with Spanish technology partner and yarn specialist Antex. All the yarns used are Oeko-Tex certified and therefore harmless to health.

Freshness cure with mint oil

In addition, the baselayer has been given an odor-inhibiting finish by HeiQ. Instead of a metal-based antibacterial treatment, HeiQ Fresh MNT is based on mint oil and was developed in Switzerland. It fights body odor on textiles and regenerates with each wash. According to HeiQ, the finish remains active for up to 50 washes. Thanks to the HeiQ Fresh MNT finish, the baselayer also requires less frequent washing, which in turn saves water, detergent, energy and microfiber emissions, and extends the life of the garment.

This versatile and technical baselayer can be used all year round – for example, for activities in the mountains.

The T-shirt is available for both men and women, with the product specifically designed to fit both body shapes. The designs and colors were also developed separately for both sexes. The Ternua SEAL L/S T-SHIRT M&W will be launched in the fall of 2023.

This convinced the jury:

  • Short supply chain
  • Recycled yarn from spanish fishing nets
  • Minty smell thanks to HeiQ Fresh MNT
  • Light weight
  • Moisture management
  • Quick drying
  • Heat regulating

Statement from Ternua:

“This are great news for all at Ternua, to receive an ISPO Award with the Seal L/S M&W t-shirt, we are advancing in sustainability, without losing functionality, doing it in an innovative way and being internationally recognized it confirms that products can be built in a different way. In this case we can say, it´s a double award as the product has been developed and produced at our own facilities, using our well-known technicity developed in over 30 years making high functional socks. We have shown that we can build high performance products using trash, in this case discarded fishing nets. Again, is not only what we make, how we make it, means a lot for us.”

Edu Uribesalgo, Ternua group innovation and sustainability director

What the jury says:

“The special charm of this Ternua baselayer made from recycled yarn is that the yarn was collected, recycled and processed in Spain. The anti-odour treatment based on mint oil is also exciting.”

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HeiQ Mint – Botanical odour control

 

 

HeiQ launches HeiQ Mint for botanical odour control
HeiQ has launched HeiQ Mint, a brand for biobased odour control textile technology that provides effective and lasting freshness for clothing and home textiles. The new technology is jointly developed with Patagonia to keep textiles fresh for longer and reduce the need for washing.Textile innovation leader, HeiQ took advantage of its presence at ISPO Munich 2022, 28th-30th of November, to launch HeiQ Mint, the new proprietary odor control technology based on a blend of essential mint oils. The plant-based technology is designed to make textiles smell fresh even after repeated usage, avoiding the need for frequent washes, thus enabling consumers to save water and energy.

Get all the details here or Watch the video

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