lululemon partners with sustainable materials innovator Genomatica to bring bio-nylon to products

VANCOUVER / SAN DIEGO, California – August 18, 2021 – lululemon Athletica inc. today announced a multi-year collaboration with sustainable materials company Genomatica to integrate bio-based materials from renewable sources into lululemon’s products. This is lululemon’s first-ever equity investment in a sustainable materials company and Genomatica’s largest retail partnership. Together, the two companies will create a low-impact vegetable-based nylon to replace conventional nylon, which is the largest volume of synthetic material currently used to make lululemon products.

Genomatica uses biotechnology and fermentation to convert plant-based ingredients into widely used chemical elements, like those used to make nylon. These building blocks are converted into pellets and yarns, and the companies will work closely with lululemon’s fabric supply chain to incorporate this material into future products. Through this collaboration, the companies seek to create positive change in the global $ 22 billion nylon market in sustainable supply chains.

Calvin McDonald, CEO of lululemon, said: “Our partnership and investment in Genomatica demonstrates our commitment to be a leader in creating products that help build a healthier future for ourselves, for our communities and for our planet. . Genomatica’s bio-based innovations, along with their distinctive track record of successful commercial applications, will help us meet the goals of our impact program to manufacture 100% of our products with sustainable materials and end-of-use solutions. by 2030, as we move towards a circular ecosystem.

“We are proud to partner with lululemon, a company that is taking meaningful action to help address our climate crisis,” said Christophe Schilling, CEO of Genomatica. “The combination of biotechnology, fermentation and renewable raw materials can provide a powerful means to disrupt the garment industry through sustainable sourcing. This unique collaboration will help meet growing consumer demand for more environmentally friendly products and set an example for consumer brand owners around the world.

Patty Stapp, Vice President, Raw Materials, Lululemon, said, “Replacing the petrochemicals that make up many popular materials with more sustainable alternatives is a big step forward in achieving the goals of our impact program. By switching our nylon to renewable content, we will impact more than half of the synthetic materials we use in our supply chain. We have seen Genomatica repeatedly and successfully deliver industry-changing bio-based materials on a commercial scale and believe this partnership can truly change the way we source products, while continuing to deliver exceptional quality. for which we are known.

In October 2020, lululemon released its first-ever Impact Agenda, outlining ambitious social and environmental goals and multi-year strategies for a more equitable, sustainable and healthy future. The collaboration with Genomatica is one of the many ways in which lululemon brings new sustainable innovations to its raw materials. Other examples include the company’s partnership with Mylo, to use leather made from mycelium, and LanzaTech, for polyester made from recycled carbon emissions.

Posted on August 19, 2021

Source: Genomatica / lululemon Athletica inc.

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