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Bio-based faux leather in development

EcoNote | January 27, 2014 | By:

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products announces that Susterra® 1,3-propanediol (PDO) has been selected by Poliser, a division of the Flokser Group, as the biobased building block material for its new artificial leather fabric containing about 70 percent biocontent.  The new eco-friendly artificial leather was developed using a polyester polyol based on PDO succinate with Susterra® 1,3-propanediol as the crosslinker.

Certified 100 percent biobased by the US Department of Agriculture, Susterra® 1,3-propanediol is attractive for companies seeking to add renewable content to their products. A peer-reviewed life cycle assessment demonstrates that the production of biobased propanediol offers significant environmental benefits including up to 40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions and 40 percent less non-renewable energy used in its production versus petroleum-based glycols.

Flokser Group is a global leather, suede, fabric and polyurethane producer and exporter. The company carries out its production activities in İstanbul, Turkey under the Sertex brand for its fabrics and the Poliser brand for its polyurethanes.

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is a joint venture between DuPont and Tate & Lyle, a renewable food and industrial ingredients company.

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