At Eastman, we are committed to collaborate with and empower our partners to understand, communicate, and collectively build a more sustainable textiles industry. With Naia™, we are excited about the possibilities we can achieve by working along the entire value chain, across industry sectors, and with community partners to make the greatest collective impact.
By using the right resources, expertise, and partnerships, we can drive significant change. Toward that goal, we’ve chosen to partner with these key industry organizations who are actively engaged in driving sustainable innovation and collaboration in the textiles industry.
Canopy is a nonprofit organization that works with the forest industry’s biggest customers and their suppliers to develop business solutions that protect the world’s endangered forests. Through collaborations with more than 750 business leaders, scientists, and decision-makers across the globe, Canopy helps create sustainable supply chains and innovative solutions to Earth’s greatest environmental challenges.
As producers of biobased products derived from wood pulp, we take our commitment to sustainable forestry management seriously. We strive to integrate sustainability across our supply chain, meeting customer and consumer demand while ensuring sustainable sourcing and production. We’re also pursuing collaborations with world-class scientific institutions, nonprofit organizations, and more to help make a positive impact on the environment.
Learn more about the CanopyStyle initiative and our ranking in the Hot Button Ranking and Report.
Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit that creates leaders in the sustainable fiber and materials industry. The organization develops, manages, and promotes a suite of leading industry standards as well as collects and publishes vital industry data and insights that enable brands and retailers to measure, manage, and track their use of preferred fiber and materials
With a membership that represents leading brands, retailers, and suppliers, Textile Exchange has, for years, been positively impacting climate through accelerating the use of preferred fibers across the global textile industry and is now making it an imperative goal through its 2030 Strategy: Climate+. Under the Climate+ strategic direction, Textile Exchange will be the driving force for urgent climate action with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030.
To learn more about Textile Exchange, visit https://textileexchange.org/. Follow on Twitter at @TextileExchange.
*Disclaimer: As of July 2022, all data and information shared in the Textile Exchange MMCF Producer Transparency Questionnaire is self-reported and representative for the year 2021 This tool is not third-party reviewed. In addition, the questions for this tool are developed more for viscose producers, and Eastman is a cellulosic acetate producer. With this, please note that some questions cannot be answered or require additional context that cannot be given in the fixed template. We ask that you leave your contact details so that we can keep connected with the latest information. For additional questions, please contact a Naia™ team representative at email@example.com.
Eastman is a contributor of the ZDHC Foundation’s Roadmap to Zero Programme, a global multi-stakeholder initiative of more than 160 contributors in the fashion and footwear industry.
The vision is the widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry, driving innovations and best practices to protect consumers, workers, and the environment. ZDHC uses collaborative engagement to drive a holistic, industry-focused, and practical approach to sustainable chemical management. ZDHC guidelines, platforms, and solutions drive large-scale, industry-wide solutions that drive momentum toward zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.
In 2018, ZDHC expanded its content scope to include the production of man-made cellulosic fibers (MMCF), the first fiber production area to be included in the program. The work centers on a collaborative approach to develop guidelines for wastewater, sludge, waste, and air emissions specific to MMCF production as well as expectations for process by-product recovery rates.
Find more information about ZDHC at www.roadmaptozero.com.
In 2022, Eastman became a signatory of the Microfibre 2030 Commitment, a global initiative to minimize the impact of microfibers on the natural environment.
The Microfibre 2030 Commitment was established by The Microfibre Consortium (TMC), a nonprofit, international, cross-industry group working to develop science-based solutions for the textile industry to minimize fiber fragmentation and release into the environment from textile manufacturing and product life cycles.
The commitment forms an aligned agenda for the global textile sector, working to reduce fiber fragmentation impact from textiles to the natural environment by 2030. It aims to involve more than 250 signatories, committing to a sustained program of collaborative and proactive cross-industry work aligned to the Microfibre 2030 Roadmap. The development is designed to put greater focus on the issue of fiber fragmentation and encourage all areas of the apparel industry to work together in addressing the topic.
Learn more about the Microfibre 2030 Commitment at microfibreconsortium.com/2030.
Eastman joined the Accelerating Circularity Project (ACP) Steering Committee in 2021 to take an active role in shaping and scaling up the recycling infrastructure needed to achieve a circular textiles industry.
ACP is a nonprofit that creates new supply chains and business models to turn textile waste into mainstream raw materials. Their mission is to establish systems that will use the embedded value and resources in existing textiles for new products, reducing the millions of tons of textile waste annually going into landfills and thereby supporting the reduction of the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The ACP Steering Committee provides strategy and guidance to the U.S.-based commercial textile-to-textile project.
For Naia™, Eastman has collaborated with TextileGenesis™ to provide track-and-trace solution for brands, sharing traceability information across the entire supply chain.
TextileGenesis is a pioneering supply chain traceability platform for the fashion and textile industry enabled by blockchain technology. Its award-winning Fibercoin™ traceability technology creates real-time fiber-to-retail traceability at article level, creating an entirely new degree of visibility for brands and retailers.
The platform is custom-built for all sustainable fibers in the fashion industry, such as man-made cellulosic fibers, sustainable cotton, responsible wool, and recycled polyester—creating a sustainable network of leading fiber producers and hundreds of textile suppliers to ensure rapid deployment and scalability of the end-to-end traceability.
Through this collaboration with TextileGenesis™, Eastman supports several brands in creating end-to-end traceability for their garments.
Eastman is a member of NC State University’s Sustainable and Alternative Fibers Initiative (SAFI) Consortium. The Department of Forest Biomaterials at NCSU is initiating an industrial consortium to look at alternative, non-wood raw materials (hemp, bamboo, ag residues, etc.) as potential replacements for wood fiber in dissolving pulp and other paper products.
Fashion for Good is the global platform for innovation, uniting the entire fashion ecosystem — brands, manufacturers, suppliers and consumers — to collaborate and drive change toward a circular industry.
Eastman joined with Fashion for Good for its Sorting for Circularity USA Project launched in January 2023. The project focuses on the North American textile-to-textile recycling market that will provide the most representative snapshot of textile waste composition generated in the United States. This effort is crucial to understanding and evaluating the business case for textile-to-textile recycling, ensuring that used textiles move to their best and highest-end use. The results of this 18-month project will inform decisions to unlock necessary investments and actions to scale collection, sorting and recycling innovations.
Eastman collaborates with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to better understand the rates and mechanisms of degradation of Naia™ in the marine environment. WHOI publishes high-quality research articles that describe their findings in peer-reviewed journals.
Naia™ from Eastman recently joined C.L.A.S.S. (Creativity Lifestyle And Sustainable Synergy) to support the fashion industry’s shift toward the circular economy, empowering businesses to be competitive and socially responsible.
C.L.A.S.S. is a global resource for smart material innovation, education, marketing, and communication, specializing in integrating a new generation of smart values for fashion, products, and businesses.
Fabrics made of Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn are now available for purchase on the C.L.A.S.S. Material hub site as part of a collection of “smart’ materials".
C.L.A.S.S. Material hub encourages designers and brands to source responsibly to activate change and take steps toward a circular economy.