DuPont Polymer Receives Global Environmental Recognition

DuPont Polymer ReceivesGlobal Environmental Recognition
Sorona®, the first polymer derived from a biological source produced by U.S.-based DuPont™, has been recognized by the China State Intellectual Property Office and China Central Television (CCTV). At the Innovative Design Night, sponsored by the China State Intellectual Property Office and CCTV, Sorona was selected among more than 1,000 products as the “Most Visionary Innovation”in the sports and health category. Fabrics made with Sorona for active wear, apparel and sportswear are commercially available through Chinese fiber and fabric manufacturers.The judging panel said,“Chemical fibers can now be made with natural ingredients. This will reduce the dependency of traditional chemical fiber products on oil resources. It will be another bold attempt in the innovative use of renewable resources. Crops and plants are becoming the most reliable back-up power for the resource consumption of humans and will serve to further protect the environment.”

From renewable agricultural products such as corn sugar, DuPont can produce 1,3 propanediol (PDO), the key building block for Sorona®.DuPont says Sorona brings to fabrics unique properties, including exceptional softness, easy care, UVand chlorine-resistance, and easy dyeability and handling. In addition, the company says products made with Sorona are naturally stain-resistant. Sorona can be used in a variety of applications, including soft floor covering, textiles for apparel and interiors, engineering resins and packaging.
May/June 2005