WHO'S DOING WHAT IN BIOSYNTHETICS?

PHOTO: Fulgar

Supplier Listing 2017-12-03T08:46:52+00:00

Today’s portfolio of commercially available biosynthetic fibers includes PLA (Polylactic Acid), partially biobased PTT (Polytrimethylene Terephthalate), partially biobased PET (polyester), PA11 (Nylon/Polyamide 11) along with a number of bio alternatives to PA6,10, PA10,10 and PA10,12.

Companies are also working on developing new technologies for commercially producing biobased aromatic chemicals – the basic building blocks for making both nylons and polyesters for apparel – from renewable feedstocks. Successful scale up and commercial production of these biobased chemicals would enable future production of 100% bio based synthetic polymers.

BIOSYNTHETICS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

PET (Polyester) PLA (Polylactic Acid) PTT (Polytrimethylene Terephthalate) PA11 (Polyamide 11)

Bio Content

Partially Bio = Commercial

100% Bio = Scale Up

100% Bio = Commercial

Partially Bio = Commercial

100% Bio = Commercial

Feedstock

Starch / Sugar

Starch / Sugar

Starch / Sugar

Lipid/Castor Oil

Chemistry

Ethylene Glycol (EG) + Terephthalic Acid (TPA)

Lactic Acid

100% Bio 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) + Terephthalic Acid (TPA)

11 – Aminoundecanoic Acid

Product (Supplier)

ecodear®PET (Toray)

Non branded (Far Eastern New Century)

Ingeo (NatureWorks)

Sorona® (DuPont)

Rilsan® (Arkema)

EVO® (Fulgar)

Drop In

Yes

No

Predominantly drop in

Yes

End-of-Life

Recycled (through existing PET recycling infrastructures)

TBC

Recyclable within PTT streams

Limited Options

SUPPLIER LISTING

GAC

Partial Bio PTT (i.e. Sorona®)

NatureWorks
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100% Bio PLA (Ingeo)

Teijin

Biofront

Toray
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Partial Bio PET

Virent

Bio BTX, BioFormPX® Paraxylene (pre-cursor for TPA)