Oct. 12, 2017
DuPont Specialty Products Limited
Toray Industries, Inc.
Toray Receives Type I Environmental Label (Eco Mark) Certification for Ecodear® PTT Textile Products Made Using DuPont™ Sorona®, Partially Plant-Based Polymer,
-World’s First Type I Environmental Label Certification for PTT Textile Products –
Toray Industries, Inc. (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President: Akihiro Nikkaku; hereinafter referred to as “Toray”) announced today that its partially plant-derived Ecodear® PTT composite fiber (filament yarn) and textiles won the Eco Mark certification. Ecodear® PTT textile products use DuPont™ Sorona® polymer, a partially plant-based poly trimethylene terephthalate (PTT) resin produced by DowDupont Specialty Products Divistion and supplied by DuPont Specialty Products Limited (Head Office; Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Yoshiyuki Tanaka; hereinafter referred to as DuPont Specialty Products).
The Ecodear® PTT composite fiber and textile products obtained the Eco Mark Product Category No. 104 Household Textile Products certification. This is the first time in the world for PTT textile products to obtain the Type I environmental certification (Eco Mark in Japan).
DuPont™ Sorona® polymer is a partially plant-based polymer made by fermenting plant-based sugar, and terephthalate resulting in a product with 37% annually renewable ingredients. The use of renewable materials in producing Sorona® enables for a lower environmental footprint and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to products such as Nylon, 6.
Toray’s Ecodear® PTT composite fiber is a partially plant-based material that uses DuPont™ Sorona® Polymer. Toray, leveraging the comfort provided by the soft stretch properties of Sorona® fibers, has been supplying the textile using Sorona®fibers for sports apparel and other applications under the PRIMEFLEX® brand.
In recent years, demand for environmentally friendly materials has been growing in sports and outdoor fields in Europe and the U.S. as well as from apparel brands in casual wear and fashion fields given the increasing environmental awareness. There have been such materials that use plant-derived ingredients in these fields, but due to the lack of penetration of the concepts of assessing compatibility and ensuring reliability based on international standards, it has not been possible to fully promote materials with high environmental performance.With Ecodear® using DuPont™ Sorona® being certified as a Type I environmental label product, Toray will strengthen the deployment of PRIMEFLEX®. –This excellent textile materialtargets a wide range of fields from sports and outdoors to casual and fashion with an exceptionally comfortable material that combines textile performance and reliable environmental performance.
Both DuPont Specialty Products Limited and Toray will continue to contribute to the realization of a sustainable environmentthrough the expansion of highly reliable, high performing, environmentally friendly materials.
|Profile of DuPont Specialty Products Limited|
|(1)||Representative: President Yoshiyuki Tanaka|
|(2)||Location: 11-1, Nagatacho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo|
|(3)||Established: July 2016|
|(4)||Business: Manufacture, export, distribution, research, development and engineering service of products and joint venture-related operations|
|Profile of Toray Industries, Inc.|
|(1)||Representative: President Akihiro Nikkaku|
|(2)||Location: 1-1, Nihonbashi-Muromachi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo|
|(3)||Established: January 1926|
|(4)||Business: Manufacture and distribution of fibers and textiles, performance chemicals, carbon fiber composite materials, environment and engineering, life science and other products|
|Profile of DuPont Specialty Products Limited|
|(1)||Representative:COO Marc Doyle|
|(2)||Location: Wilmington Delaware|
|(3)||Established:July 1802 (E.I.DuPont)|
|(4)||Business:Electronics&Imaging, Safety&Construction, Nutrition&Biosciences,Transportation&Advancedpolymers|
|*Type I environmental label|
|It is an environmental label by a third-party certification, reflecting the intention of environmental administration in various countries and regions around the world.|
The establishment and operation of new standards by a third-party accreditation body requires conformity with environmental management standards such as ISO 14020 and JIS Q14020 as well as ISO1402 and JIS Q14024.
Eco Mark by JEA is Japan’s only Type I environmental label.
|* DuPont™ Sorona® are registered trademarks of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.|
* Ecodear® and PRIMEFLEX® are registered trademarks of Toray Industries, Inc.
|For inquiries regarding this press release, please contact|
|DuPont Specialty Products Limited|
|DuPont Industrial Biosciences |
|Toray Industries, Inc.|
|[General] Fibers & Textiles Green Innovation & Life Innovation Business Planning Dept. |
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