The Material Sustainability Scores (MSI) for Radianza™ have been published on Higg Portal. With this Radianza™ has become the first and only brand in “Acrylic” category to be on Higg Portal. The MSI Scores for Radianza™ were received from Higg Co., in May this year after evaluation of the life cycle assessment of Radianza™. Radianza™ is the flagship brand of gel-dyed acrylic fibre from Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd. (Aditya Birla Group).
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 fibre within 4-5 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 litres 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.
“With the MSI scores of Radianza™ now published on Higg Portal, it is now very convenient for our customers to understand the environment impact of their products made with Radianza™. They can also compare the impacts with conventional acrylic fibre and with different blend ratios – all in the Higg Portal.”, says Thomas Varghese – Business Head – Textiles business of Aditya Birla Group.
A comparative analysis of MSI Scores of Radianza™ shows that that switching from conventional acrylic and dyeing process to Radianza™:
- Reduces the water scarcity potential of the fabric by 49%
- Reduces the chemistry impact of the fabric by 44%
- Reduces the global warming potential of the fabric by 7%
- Reduces the Eutrophication potential of the fabric by 19%
- Reduces the Resource depletion potential of the fabric by 16%