Toray Introduces Ecodear – An Environmentally Friendly, High Value-Added New Nylon
August 26, 2020
The 60% Bio-Based fabric reflects Toray's commitment to producing lower-impact textiles
Toray Industries, Inc. has developed a new, more sustainable nylon that represents a major step forward in the company’s Sustainability Vision and makes it possible to create bio-based versions of proven Toray technologies like Entrant® and Dermizax®.
- Ecodear Nylon is 60% bio-based, developed with sebacic acid generated from Castor beans. The resulting fiber, initially available in 10, 20 and 50 denier versions, can be spun in the same process as conventional nylon.
- Ecodear Nylon demonstrates the value of Toray’s vertically integrated structure. Because Toray is a chemical manufacturer in addition to a textile company, they can consistently control product quality from the creation of polymers to the production of finished yarns.
- Ecodear Nylon is not just environmentally friendly, it also has the durability and soft hand that customers expect from Toray nylon products.
- Ecodear Nylon can be used to make bio-based versions of proven Toray brand technologies like Dermizax® and Entrant®.
Toray’s development and launch of new bio-based textile technologies like Ecodear Nylon, in addition to continued progress with recycled materials reduces the amount of petroleum used in the fabric production supply chain, as well as carbon dioxide emissions – both vital goals detailed in the company’s Sustainability Vision.
Toray plans to market the textile in fall 2020, targeting the active outdoor sports and skiing markets, as well as athleisure.
In North America, Toray International America Inc. will provide the new textile.
Toray is a leading global company in innovative technologies and advanced materials. Since its foundation in 1926, the Company has contributed to society through the creation of new value and addressed global challenges by delivering high value-added products including fibers and textiles, resins and films, and carbon fiber composite materials. It operates in 29 countries and regions with about 48,000 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit our website at www.toray.com.
About Toray International
Established in 1986 to serve as the trading arm of the Toray Group, Toray International handles a wide range of products and services, from materials to end-user consumer goods, by drawing on the experience and know-how accumulated and built over the years through global trading business and business offices located in Japan and abroad. Toray International America is the North American subsidiary of the Toray International. We have delivered technologies and advanced materials that provide solutions addressing the balance between development and sustainability. For more information on Toray International, please visit the company’s website at http://www.toray-intl.com/