Consumer preference for casual comfort expected to last beyond pandemic.

KINGSPORT, Tennessee

The global pandemic has driven consumer preference for comfortable loungewear, and the latest research conducted by Naia™ from Eastman proves it is a trend with staying power.

When surveyed, 78% of women in the U.S. and Europe selected comfort as their top priority when selecting loungewear. Other findings show 74% of respondents dressed more casually at home and 66% are also choosing to dress more casually outside of the home.

Consumers also want more comfortable fabrics and more versatile loungewear and will likely purchase more loungewear items in the future. The survey results showed 61% of women investing in more casual clothing, with 44% reducing the amount of formal clothing in their wardrobes. They also prefer more sustainable loungewear with new and different fibers and would like brands to offer more of those options.

The study also highlighted a satisfaction gap among consumers who wanted better loungewear comfort, fit, quality, drape and durability. With Naia™, Eastman aims to collaborate with brands to fill this gap and help them enhance the consumer shopping journey. Further research insights are available for download at info.eastman.com/loungewear.

"Loungewear has become the must-have item in every woman's closet," said Ruth Farrell, marketing director of textiles for Eastman. "Our insights aim to help brands understand how today's consumers define comfort and sustainability with regards to loungewear. With two-thirds of consumers wanting more sustainable options in their loungewear fibers, Naia™ is perfectly positioned to help our value-chain partners create comfortable, quality, sustainable loungewear that is accessible to all."

Available as both a filament yarn and a staple fiber, Naia™ Renew cellulosic fiber is inherently soft, is quick drying and has reduced pilling properties. It blends well with other eco-friendly materials, such as modal and recycled polyesters, to produce sustainable fabrics for everyday garments — including tops, dresses, jumpsuits, twinsets, t-shirts, comfy pants and sweaters.

Naia™ Renew is produced from 60% sustainably sourced wood pulp and 40% hard-to-recycle waste materials*, which would otherwise be destined for landfills or incinerators, with a low carbon footprint in a closed-loop process where solvents are safely recycled back into the system for reuse.

*Naia™ Renew recycled content is achieved by allocation of recycled waste materials through mass balance accounting.

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Survey details: Harris Insights & Analytics surveyed 2,060 women online for Eastman in December 2021/January 2022. The subjects own and purchase loungewear and were between the ages of 18–60 in the U.S.A., Germany, Spain and the U.K.
 

About Eastman

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company's innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.
 

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