Raising the Performance Bar for Bio Based Polymers
DuPont is helping to reduce dependence on fossil fuels with the industry’s largest portfolio of renewably-sourced biopolymers
DuPont has invested extensive scientific research and development to create next-generation bio based polymers to help reduce the use of fossil fuels without reducing performance.
For polymers the terms “Renewably-sourced” and ”bio-based” mean the same thing. They refer to a material that contains carbon originating from a renewable plant source. Materials are defined as renewably sourced when they contain a minimum of 20% by weight of plant sourced ingredients verified by 14C dating (ASTM definition).
Benefits of specifying biopolymers, made from a renewable plant source, or biomass, can include LEED certification points, and reduction in use of fossil fuels. At the same time, DuPont biopolymers provide durability and other qualities that enable application-critical performance in demanding applications.
INFORMATION & IDEAS
- DuPont Industrial Biotech Solutions
Triexta, Generic in Name Only
Specific performance benefits, including stain resistance, are so unique to DuPont™ Sorona®, the U.S. FTC gave the generic name triexta to homo fibers made from PTT, the Sorona® renewably sourced polymer.
Sorona® and Bio-Based Product Labels
The USDA BioPreferred Certification of DuPont™ Sorona® means manufacturers can offer innovative products that customers can readily identify. Innovative products help reduce the use of fossil fuels and help reduce emissions.
Carpet Design and Sorona®
Renewably Sourced™ DuPont™ Sorona® is opening up new possibilities for carpet design. Durable and color-fast, with permanent stain resistance built right into the fiber, the Sorona® carpet design option is also the right choice in terms of performance.
- Sorona® for Stain-Resistant Carpet
- DuPont Bio-Based Products
Sorona® for Carpet Fibers
Carpet fibers produced with DuPont™ Sorona® deliver on all fronts: aesthetics, stain resistance, color fastness, ease of maintenance, and durability — yielding excellent results in Hexapod Walker and Vetterman Drum testing.
Sorona® Performance in Apparel
DuPont™ Sorona® delivers innovative performance to all types of textile fibers for apparel. A renewably sourced fiber, Sorona® provides exceptional softness, comfort stretch, superior tensile strength, lower dyeing temperatures and more. No other fiber combines so many performance and environmental benefits.
- How DuPont™ Sorona® is Made
Flame-Resistant Clothing for Laboratory Work
When working in a laboratory environment where exposure to flame is a hazard, flame-resistant garments help to minimize potential burn injury during short-term and emergency exposure to flame in laboratory work.
USES AND APPLICATIONS
- Sorona® for Commercial-Grade Carpet
Sorona® for Automotive Carpet
When the design objective is durable, beautiful, fast-drying, stain-resistant automotive carpet, the more sustainable alternative to petroleum-based products is DuPont™ Sorona®. High-performance Sorona® fiber contains 37% renewably-sourced, plant-based content by weight and consumes less non-renewable energy during manufacture than nylon 6.
- DuPont™ Sorona® for Stretch Denim
Sorona® for Automotive Fabric
DuPont™ Sorona® has stain resistance engineered directly into the fiber so automotive fabric resists staining for the life of the textile. Durable, quick-drying, easy-to-clean, high-performance Sorona® also contains 37% renewably-sourced material by weight.