Eastman Goes Silky Soft With a 'New' Fiber From Its Long-Established Cellulosics Portfolio

By Robert Grace
Mar 13, 2018 3:35 PM ET

"Everything old is new again," or so goes the idiom. The folks at Eastman apparently agree, as they have dipped back into the firm's 80-year-old portfolio of cellulose ester materials technology to come up with a "new" fiber that's now finding use in a range of intimate apparel and other trendy clothing.

The Kingsport, Tenn.-based specialty chemicals company has been supplying filament yarns to the textile industry since the 1930s, but officially launched its newly reformulated Naia™-brand cellulosic yarn in January 2017.

Made from wood pulp derived exclusively from sustainably managed and certified forests, Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn is positioned to benefit from consumers' increased environmental concerns and interest in renewable sourcing. But the yarn must deliver on performance and desirable properties, or no amount of enviro-speak will make the resulting fabrics a commercial success.

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