Frequently Asked Questions
LYCRA® is DuPont's brand of elastane, or spandex. The word "spandex" is used only in the United States while "elastane" is recognized worldwide, so we tend to use the more widely known term LYCRA® elastane fiber manufactured by DuPont does not contain any natural latex or rubber.
Spandex, Lycra or elastane is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity. It is stronger and more durable than natural rubber. It is a polyester-polyurethane copolymer that was invented in 1958 by chemist Joseph Shivers at DuPont's Benger Laboratory in Waynesboro, Virginia
Better known as spandex, elastane is a type of synthetic fiber made from at least 85 percent polyurethane polymers. The exact method used to make Lycra, Dorlastan, Elaspan, Acepora and other brands of elastane fabric is a closely guarded secret