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arnegie Fabrics' biobased Xorel® polyethylene (PE) claims to be
the first high-performance interior textile derived from
a majority of plant-based content.
Seven years in development, Xorel
is derived from sugar cane, which
is crushed, fermented and distilled
into ethanol, and then transformed
into polyethylene, extruded into
yarn, and woven into beautiful
wallcoverings and interior textiles.
Bio-based Xorel fabric contains
between 60 and 85 percent sugar
cane, depending on the pattern.
Ethanol can be distilled from
a variety of sources, including oil,
natural gas, corn and sugar cane.
While corn is cheap, sugar cane is
especially effective in sequestering carbon; its roots continue to
store carbon even after the plant
is harvested.
A certified B-company, Carnegie
has tested and certified Xorel for
performance as well as for safety
and environmental impact, and
the product has achieved points in
multiple LEEDS categories.
ABOVE: Twine, a wallcover pattern by
Carnegie Fabrics, features biobased
Xorel®, sourced from sugar cane.
Photo: Carnegie Fabrics.

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partner mills producing sustainable fabrics
for apparel brands around the world.
Ruth Farrell, Eastman Chemical's
global marketing director for textiles,
describes Naia as "quite unique in the
world of cellulosics." The company,
based in Kingsport, Tenn., sources from
collaborative pulp suppliers who conform
to the FSC and PEFC standards; and Naia
is certified as bio-based by the USDA.
"Demand is coming from brands who
are looking for yarns that have a good
origin and end-of-life story," says Farrell.
"Naia delivers on both. The manufacturing
process for Naia is closed loop, using no
hazardous chemicals."
Farrell points out that Naia has an
expanded range of deniers and excellent
handfeel, drape and luster; it responds well
to aesthetic treatments such as printing,
pleating and calendering. The brand is
focused on women's wear, intimates, sleepwear, loungewear and linings as primary
markets. "Naia has the ultimate ability to
be a mainstream brand," says Farrell.
Vestera™ cellulosic fiber is Eastman's
acetate brand targeting the nonwovens
industry. Like Naia, it's made from wood
pulp from sustainably managed forests,
processed in a near-closed loop system,
certified as bio-based by the USDA, and
is biodegradable.
Vestera is just one of the bio-based
fibers used at Norafin Industries, a
venerable nonwovens manufacturer with
facilities in Mills River, N.C., as well as in
Germany. Norafin began using flax fibers
for its spunlaced nonwovens in 2006; the
company's development of "ecological
nonwovens" is being driven by demand
from the market and customers, according
to Norafin business director Stuart Smith.
In addition to flax, the company is
using FSC-certified rayon and acetate, as
well as cotton. Bio-based PLA products
are also in development, although not yet
commercially available. The emphasis is on
processing natural fibers without chemical

supplements, using ecological finishing
for industrial performance applications.
"Sustainability is a big focus across several of our business units, including home
furnishings, personal care, cosmetic applications, wipes and cleaning," Smith explains.
"In North America, we see the market
moving more and more toward sustainable
solutions. It's a good fit for Norafin."
NOT EASY BEING
"GREEN"-SO FAR
It's no surprise that commercially successful
biopolymer-based textile products such
as DuPont Sorona, Lenzing Tencel and
Eastman Naia have benefitted from being
launched by established textile firms.
Biotech start-ups continue to
persevere, raising hopes for the next
viable-and affordable-alternative to
petrochemical textiles.
In the IDTechEx report, Dr. Core
reports: "Although some of these types of
polymers have been well known for over a
century, they have not yet seen widespread
application due to barriers facing production, such as cost and scale. However,
thanks to innovations in synthetic biology,
these polymers are becoming more affordable to manufacture, and therefore more
commonly encountered."
"We believe biopolymers are critical to
keeping our natural environment pristine
and transforming the plastics industry into
a closed-loop system. Biopolymers are no
longer just a nice-to-have-now they are a
need-to-have," reiterates Mango Materials'
Dr. Molly Morse. "From our partnerships,
we know exciting developments are on the
horizon. It's clear now that biopolymers
are here to stay."
Debra Cobb is an expert writer and editor
based in Greensboro, N.C.

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