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DuPont Sorona bags most stringent certification
Sep '11
DuPont Industrial Biosciences, announced that DuPont Sorona has received Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 Certification from Oeko-Tex and the Hohenstein Textile Testing Institute. Sorona renewably sourced polymer is certified for use in fiber applications for textiles (apparel, home, office, and automotive interiors) and for carpet (residential, commercial and automotive including mats). Oeko-Tex Class 1 certification is the most stringent test and includes textiles and carpets intended for use by infants and toddlers.

“Receiving Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 certification for Sorona provides third party validation of the safety of Sorona for use in all fiber applications,” said Walter L. Fields, III, global business director. “This will benefit our downstream customers, and we will work with them to get further Oeko-Tex certification throughout the supply chain. For carpet mills, apparel brands, and consumers, this certification provides the confidence they need to select high quality textiles and carpets.”

DuPont Sorona is made, in part, with annually renewable plant-based resources. By replacing traditional petrochemical ingredients with those made from renewable resources, Sorona helps reduce dependency on oil and petrochemicals. Additionally, the production of Sorona offers significant energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions when compared to the production of an equal amount of nylon. Sorona is also free from heavy metals.

“We are very pleased that DuPont chose Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification for Sorona. Sorona is one of the first bio-based textile polymers to demonstrate highly desirable technical and life cycle advantages for a wide range of products from apparel to carpets. Oeko-Tex certification verifies Sorona is free from dangerous levels of harmful substances and meets REACH and CPSIA requirements in the EU and USA. This certification is further assurance of the desirability of this fiber for many textile designers concerned about long term sustainability and technical superiority,” said Sam Moore Ph.D, who represents Oeko-Tex in North America.

DuPont works with a global network of licensed fiber producers and mills — both fabric and carpet — to bring a wide variety of Sorona textile and carpet products to market. In apparel segments, Sorona can be easily blended with a broad range of other natural and synthetic fibers to provide exceptional softness, comfort stretch, durability and easy care to a wide variety of garments including swimwear, intimate apparel, denim and ready-to wear.

Carpet applications showcase the performance attributes that Sorona adds including durability and crush resistance as well as permanent, natural stain and bleach resistance that won't wash or wear off.

The unique combination of attributes and benefits of DuPont Sorona earned it a new sub-generic fiber classification from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in March 2009. In the United States, the new generic for Sorona is triexta. In 2011, Sorona became one of the first products certified by the USDA Biopreferred labeling program.

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