DuPont on rising worldwide interest for ecoefficient materials Innovation in Textiles

“DuPont on rising global demand for eco-efficient materials
DuPont Industrial Biosciences has a
ounced last week that its renewably sourced fibre, DuPont Sorona, has been recognised as a ru
er-up for Fiber Producer of the Year by the World Textile Awards. Sorona is derived, in part, from renewably sourced plant-based ingredients, allowing for a decreased dependence on fossil fuels and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Brands in various apparel segments partner with and incorporate Sorona in their products due to its combination of performance attributes and sustainability. By leveraging Sorona as key ingredient in its Merinolux and Diablo collections, Royal Robbins, for example, a specialist in outdoor apparel, aims to minimise its environmental footprint, as well as offer soft and durable products.
Jana Bukolovska spoke to Renee Henze, Marketing Director, DuPont Biomaterials and Sorona, about the current demand for eco-efficient materials, main industry challenges, as well as the potential of the Sorona fibre to fill the gap in the market of eco-efficient materials by offering a sustainable, soft fibre with high performance characteristics.
What is the demand currently for eco-efficient materials and is it likely to grow?
Renee Henze: The global demand for eco-efficient materials across industries is rising and the textile market is undergoing a pivotal shift to reduce its environmental footprint. Eco-i
ovation in the market can take shape in many forms from recycled materials, to greater durability to renewably sourced products such as Soronau00ae.
Research shows that both business and consumer awareness of and concern for environmental sustainability is growing and subsequently so is the demand for bio-based products. According to Textile Exchange, bio-based products u2013 including textiles u2013 accounted for seven percent of global sales in 2005. In the chemical sector specifically, they comprised approximately US$ 77 billion in value. By 2020, the global market is estimated to grow to US$ 250 billion.”

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