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BioPlastic Fibre

Cargill Dow LLC has released the “world’s first man made fibre made from 100% annually renewable resources.”

Called Ingeo, the fibres start life as a plant such as corn. Plant sugars are fermented and turned into a high performance polymer known as polylactide or Natureworks PLA. The Ingeo fibre is extruded from Natureworks PLA and then manufactured into a range of products. Given the right conditions, the Ingeo fibre cannot only be recycled but is also fully biodegradable and can be composted.

In industrial applications Ingeo fibres can be used for geotextiles, agrotextiles and specialist filtration media. Its consumer uses include carpets, garments, bedding and furnishings. Ingeo fibre balances strength and resilience with comfort, softness and drape in textiles. Ingeo also uses no chemical additives or surface treatments and amazingly, is naturally flame retardant.

Source: Cargill Dow

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