Lululemon Canada to replace synthetic material with plant-based nylon
Lululemon Canada to replace synthetic material with plant-based nylon
Canadian apparel company Lululemon Athletica has collaborated with sustainable materials leader Genomatica to create a lower-impact, plant-based nylon to replace conventional nylon, which is the largest volume of synthetic material currently used to make lululemon products. This represents Lululemon’s first equity investment in a sustainable materials company.

Genomatica uses biotechnology and fermentation to convert plant-based ingredients into widely used chemical building blocks, like those used to make nylon. These building blocks are converted to pellets and yarns, and the companies will be working closely with Lululemon’s fabric supply chain to incorporate this material into future products.


Through this collaboration, the companies seek to create positive change within the $22 billion global nylon market by building more sustainable supply chains, the two companies said in a joint statement.

Calvin McDonald, CEO, Lululemon said, “Genomatica's bio-based innovations, along with their distinctive track record of successful commercial applications, will help us deliver on our Impact Agenda goals to make 100 per cent of our products with sustainable materials and end-of-use solutions by 2030, as we move toward a circular ecosystem.”


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