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The LYCRA Company Announces Latest Higg Achievements

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The LYCRA Company, a global leader in developing innovative fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries, announced today that several of its manufacturing sites had their Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) and Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM) self-assessments verified by an independent third party last year and achieved scores in the top quartile.

The LYCRA Company’s manufacturing sites in Waynesboro, Virginia; Maydown, Northern Ireland; and Foshan, China, completed verification for the Higg FEM module, while its Tuas, Singapore, and Maydown sites completed verification for the Higg FSLM module.

Higg FEM reviews air emissions, energy use, environmental management systems, wastewater, waste, chemical management and water usage. The LYCRA Company’s six manufacturing sites have completed the self-assessment, with the three sites mentioned above securing verification. The company’s goal is to have sites representing 80% of LYCRA® fiber production to be Higg FEM verified by 2024.

“The LYCRA Company strives to be an industry leader for sustainability by utilizing credible and independently verified data,” said Alan McElreavey, operations sustainability program manager at The LYCRA Company. “The Higg Facilities modules are widely used within the apparel industry to assess the environmental impact of manufacturing facilities, to uncover opportunities for improvement, and to measure our progress against established baseline performance. Completing the Higg facility modules drives behaviors that become embedded in our company, enhancing our sustainability culture and creating measurable change.”

“Higg FEM is aligned with our goals in key impact areas and helps us improve our sustainability profile and operate as a good corporate citizen,” said Hector Chapa, Waynesboro site business integration manager. “It also supports two pillars of our Planet Agenda sustainability platform—corporate responsibility and manufacturing excellence.”

The LYCRA Company is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a nonprofit alliance that developed the Higg Facility Tools. The global organization consists of over 280 stakeholders in the fashion industry.