Toray Industries Inc. has developed a new, more sustainable nylon that the company says represents a major step forward in its “Sustainability Vision.” The development makes it possible to create bio-based versions of Toray technologies such as Entrant® and Dermizax®.
Ecodear Nylon is 60 percent 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, and it has the durability and soft hand customers would expect from nylon.
Toray’s development and launch of new bio-based textile technologies, 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 of which are company goals. The company plans to market the textile in fall 2020, targeting the active outdoor sports and skiing markets, as well as athleisure. The company is a global producer of innovative technologies and advanced materials.