RadiciSpandex Corp., Gastonia, N.C., is developing a line of sustainable RadElast® spandex fiber
comprising 80-percent biomaterial derived from corn and designed for use in medical/personal care
and apparel applications.
“By using a 100-percent renewably sourced raw material for the production of our spandex, we
will develop a product with a reduced environmental footprint,” said Marty Moran, CEO,
RadiciSpandex. “The demand of the market at large, and particularly the personal care and textile
sectors, which are our target markets, is increasingly leaning towards so-called ‘green’ products
that help protect the environment.”
The company reports the biopolymer used in RadElast is more easily processed and is more
cost-competitive long-term than chemically produced spandex base materials and their end products;
and provides improved stretch, reduced deterioration under stress and decreased hysteresis effect.