Sew the seeds
We believe science should learn from nature—that a product is timeless when it’s renewable, and that a single fiber can make a world of difference. We know that we never have to sacrifice performance to be sustainable, or the other way around. To us, finding ways to leave a smaller footprint just comes naturally, so we do it every step of the way.
Leave the legacy you design
Ever since the early 1900s, DuPont has been revolutionizing the world of fiber and polymers. From the first plastic-coated fabrics developed in the 1910s to groundbreaking fibers like the versatile nylon, neoprene rubber fabric, bullet-resistant KEVLAR®, and even Tyvek®, DuPont has spent over a century creating textile products that transform the way we live and work. And as a product that’s on the forefront of the shift from oil-based materials to bio-based ones, Sorona® fits perfectly into a legacy of meaningful, performance-based innovation — one that we have to continue to sustain our world.
When we spot a hint of greatness, we give it a second look. We explore untapped possibilities and find a way to make it something truly special. This is how, after decades of research and asking the right questions, DuPont scientists discovered a way to produce PDO—a building block with endlessly versatile potential—using a biological process that would have a global impact:
The process begins by harvesting crops.
Sugar, or glucose, is extracted from the crops.
Microorganisms are added to the glucose to begin a fermentation process (similar to the production of alcohol).
Fermentation replaces chemical synthesis, producing PDO (1,3-Propanediol) in a natural way.
TPA (terephthalic acid) is added to the Bio-PDO, creating a molecular bond.
The result is Sorona®: a revolutionary, high-performance polymer whose positive impact is felt by yarn spinners, manufacturers, designers, and consumers across the globe.
37% of the polymer is made using annually renewable plant-based ingredients.The revolutionary Bio-PDO compound turns a formerly chemical process into an eco-efficient biological one.
COMPARED TO NYLON 6:
Uses 30% less energy
Releases 63% fewer greenhouse gas emissions
COMPARED TO NYLON 6,6:
Uses 40% less energy
Releases 56% fewer greenhouse gas emissions
The science behind sustainable style
Sorona® renewably sourced fiber is one of the first 11 products approved as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program for certified bio-based products.
bluesign® system partner
The bluesign® system unites the textile supply chain to jointly reduce its impact on people and the environment, ensure responsible use of resources, and guarantee the highest level of consumer safety.
Sustainable Brands Member
Sustainable Brands is a learning, collaboration, and commerce community of over 348,000 sustainable business leaders from around the globe. Their mission is to empower more brands to prosper by leading the way to a better world.
Member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
We are a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which brings together members from across the economy to provide unique opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration. Member groups include corporates, governments and cities, academic institutions, emerging innovators, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and affiliates.
Frost & Sullivan
In 2017, DuPont received the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for European Bio-Based Materials Company of the Year because of its innovative work with Sorona® fiber.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100
Sorona® fiber has undergone stringent testing and has been proven to be safe for use by adult products with direct, prolonged skin contact, earning it Class ll certification from Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX®.
Textile Exchange Member
Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with their members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition Member
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s vision is of an apparel, footwear, and textiles industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities. The Coalition develops the Higg Index, a set of standardized supply chain measurement tools for all industry participants.