Higgs Material Sustainability Index (MSI) Scores Validate Sustainability Performance Of Radianza™

BANGKOK — May 25, 2021 — Radianza™ — the flagship brand of gel-dyed acrylic fiber from Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd. — has received its Material Sustainability Index (MSI) scores. The results were arrived at after reviewing of the Life Cycle Assessment data of Radianza by Higg Co. and Sustainability Apparel Coalition. This makes Radianza, the first and only acrylic fiber to have MSI scores and Life Cycle Assessments.

The gel-dyeing technology behind Radianza is the key driver for its superior sustainability performance. Water pollution and water consumption are two of the biggest environmental problems facing the fashion industry and conventional dyeing processes contribute immensely towards these two problems. In gel-dyeing, the dye is absorbed in the fiber within 4 to 5 seconds with close to zero discharge of unused dye and minimum requirement of water. The LCA study of Radianza done by thinkstep shows that a sweater made with Radianza requires 30 liters less water, 25 MJ less energy and 1.45 kg CO2 equivalent lesser Global Warming potential than the one made with conventional acrylic and dyeing process.

An analysis shows that switching from conventional acrylic and dyeing process to Radianza:

  • Reduces the water scarcity potential of the fabric by 49 percent;
  • Reduces the chemistry impact of the fabric by 44 percent;
  • Reduces the global warming potential of the fabric by 7 percent;
  • Reduces the Eutrophication potential of the fabric by 19 percent; and
  • Reduces the Resource depletion potential of the fabric by 16 percent.

“We are proud to announce the Higgs MSI Scores of Radianza. This evaluation has re-assured our customers that the use of Radianza in their products will improve the acceptability among the environment conscious consumers, brands and retailers”, said Thomas Varghese – business head – Textiles business of Aditya Birla Group.

The results are expected to be officially published on Higgs Portal by July 2020.

Posted May 25, 2021

Source: Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd.