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Sorona helps in sustainable clothing production: DuPont
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Apr '15
Simon Herriott
Simon Herriott
Sorona, a versatile fibre developed by DuPont, helps designers and mills in the production of sustainable clothing with performance benefits as the fibre contains renewable ingredients, uses lesser energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases, says a DuPont official.

"In recent years, we developed a new fibre called Sorona, a versatile fibre that offers unparalleled performance, cost effectiveness and sustainability to the textiles market. DuPont has made it possible for apparel designers, mills and manufacturers to produce sustainable clothing that consumers want with the performance benefits they demand," Simon Herriott, global business director - biomaterials of DuPont Industrial Biosciences told fibre2fashion.com.

The product allows mills and designers to combine the benefit of renewability without sacrificing the need for a versatile material that offers high performance and design freedom across applications, according to Herriott.

"Sorona, a renewably sourced fibre, contains 37 per cent renewable plant-based ingredients by weight (28 per cent bio-based carbon). It uses 30 per cent lesser energy and releases 63 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the production of nylon 6, which is made from fossil fuels. Compared to nylon 6,6, its production uses 40 per cent lesser energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 56 per cent," he informs.

Its softness, stain resistance and lower environmental footprint have made Sorona a preferred choice in high-quality residential carpets in the major regional carpet markets of North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, he adds.

DuPont's recent partnership with Vipul Sarees for the use of Sorona to make soft and colourful sarees in chiffon, georgette, satin and crepe won the 2015 Breakthrough Bio-based Technology Platform Award at the World Biomarkets Conference, he said.

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