Universal Fibers nylon 6 fiber earns rigorous material health certification for protecting human health and the environment

Posted by Johann Nacario — February 7, 2024 — Universal Fibers, a global producer of high-quality, solution-dyed synthetic filament-based fibers for the flooring, transportation and industrial fibers industries, recently announced that its Thrive matter nylon 6 fiber has achieved a C2C Certified Material Health Certificate at Silver and Gold levels, as verified by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. This is the first such certificate to be issued to any fiber under the Institute’s rigorous new Version 4 standard. Across all industries and categories, only 74 products have received Version 4 certification to date.

Thrive matter nylon 6 fiber

Thrive matter nylon 6 fiber. Image courtesy of Universal Fibers

As described in the Cradle to Cradle Certified (C2C Certified) Product Standard Version 4.0, Material Health certification indicates that “Chemicals and materials used in the product are selected to prioritize the protection of human health and the environment, generating a positive impact on the quality of materials available for future use and cycling.”

To meet these levels of certification, 100% of the materials that comprise Thrive matter nylon 6 fiber have been assessed and found to be optimized for material health both in terms of optimal substances it does contain, undesirable substances it does not contain, and its emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This assessment also serves as the foundation for a material health optimization strategy to further improve material health over time.

M. Ranae Anderson, Global Sustainability leader for Universal Fibers, stated:

We enthusiastically embrace the C2C Certified standard. It is another of the many ways we work to hold ourselves accountable for the impact our fibers have both upstream — influencing the supply chains that feed us — and downstream through our customers’ products that help people thrive.

The C2C Certified Material Health Certificate offers a solution to growing industry and consumer interest in knowing more about the chemicals used in products across their supply chains and avoiding chemicals of concern. By using the rigorous, globally recognized material health assessment methodology of the C2C Certified Product Standard, the Material Health Certificate provides manufacturers with a trusted means of assessing, optimizing and verifying their product chemistries for safety and the environment. The material health evaluation of Thrive matter was executed by third-party C2C accredited assessor WAP Sustainability.

William Paddock, co-founder and managing director of WAP Sustainability, commented:

We are thrilled to collaborate with Universal Fibers on their first C2C Certified Material Health Certificate for Thrive matter. We know how many of Universal Fibers’ customers are committed to C2C, and by obtaining a Material Health Certificate, they are communicating their commitment to transparency and extending industry leadership in Cradle to Cradle Design.

For more information about Thrive matter nylon 6 fiber, a sustainable nylon fiber whose end-to-end production will actually remove carbon from the earth’s atmosphere, visit Universal Fibers.