A global leader in the Bioeconomy, DuPont was recognized for DuPont Sorona biopolymer, a sustainably sourced, high-performance fiber that contains 37 percent renewable plant-based ingredients, and uses 30 percent less energy and releases 63 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to commonly used nylon 6.
Sorona carpet fiber has revolutionized the textiles industry by setting new standards for soft, stain-resistant carpets. In apparel, DuPont demonstrated that sustainable material does not require a sacrifice in performance through a 2014 partnership with Vipul Sarees – a leader in the Indian saree market. Vipul uses Sorona fiber to make soft and colorful sarees in chiffon, georgette, satin and crepe materials that rival the luxurious feel of silk. This partnership provides an alternative for customers who want to use their purchasing power to enjoy superior feel while reducing their use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas footprint.
“As a science company with a long history in the textiles industry, DuPont continues to innovate with technologies like Sorona® that allow designers the freedom to be creative without compromising on performance or quality,” said Simon Herriott, business director for Biomaterials at DuPont. “With Sorona, everyone benefits. Textile mills, designers and manufacturers can offer consumers sustainable clothing that is supremely wearable, easy to care for and more gentle on the planet.”
DuPont has a long history in developing new materials that are based on fossil resources – think nylon, Lycra, Kevlar and rayon (the world’s first man-made fiber). But recently, the company has focused its scientists and engineers on a new challenge: creating everyday materials from renewable sources rather than from petroleum.
With the creation of Sorona, DuPont has made it possible for textile designers, mills andsorona apparel manufacturers to produce the sustainable products that consumers want with the performance benefits they demand. From renewably sourced monomer production, to lower dyeing temperatures to easy care for consumers, the sustainably sourced fiber provides sustainability benefits throughout the value chain.
DuPont’s biobased Sorona received the 2015 Breakthrough Bio-Based Technology Platform award at the 10th annual World Bio Markets Conference. The conference brought together industrial, academic and policy experts to provide a comprehensive look at the opportunities in the bio-based economy, including end-user markets for renewable fuels, bio-based chemicals and bio-based products.