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World's First Type I Environmental Label Certification for PTT Textile Products

October 12 2017

Toray Receives Type I Environmental Label (Eco Mark) Certification for Ecodear® PTT Textile Products Made Using DuPont™ Sorona®

Toray Industries, Inc. (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President: Akihiro Nikkaku; hereinafter referred to as "Toray") announced today that its partially plant-derived Ecodear® PTT composite fiber (filament yarn) and textiles won the Eco Mark certification. Ecodear® PTT textile products use DuPont™ Sorona® plant-based polymer, produced by DowDuPont Industrial Biosciences, a business unit of DowDupont Specialty Products Divisition and supplied by DuPont Specialty Products Limited (Head Office; Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Yoshiyuki Tanaka; hereinafter referred to as DuPont Specialty Products).

The Ecodear® PTT composite fiber and textile products obtained the Eco Mark Product Category No. 104 Household Textile Products certification. This is the first time in the world for PTT textile products to obtain the Type I environmental certification (Eco Mark in Japan).

World's First Type I Environmental Label Certification for PTT Textile Products

DuPont™ Sorona® polymer is a partially plant-based polymer made by fermenting plant-based sugar and terephthalate resulting in a product with 37% annually renewable ingredients. The use of renewable materials in producing Sorona® enables for a lower environmental footprint and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to products such as Nylon, 6.

Toray's Ecodear® PTT composite fiber is a partially plant-based material that uses DuPont™ Sorona® polymer. Toray, leveraging the comfort provided by the soft stretch properties of Sorona® fibers, has been supplying Sorona® fibers for sports apparel and other applications under the PRIMEFLEX® brand.

In recent years, demand for environmentally friendly materials has been growing in sports and outdoor fields in Europe and the U.S. as well as from apparel brands in casual wear and fashion fields. With Ecodear® using DuPont™ Sorona® being certified as a Type I environmental label product, Toray will strengthen the deployment of PRIMEFLEX®.This excellent textile material targets a wide range of fields from sports and outdoors to casual and fashion with an exceptionally comfortable material that combines textile performance and reliable environmental performance.

Under its management policy that all business strategies must place priority on the global environment in an effort to help realize a sustainable low-carbon society, Toray Group has been implementing the "Green Innovation Business Expansion (GR) Project" in a group-wide effort.

Both DowDuPont Specialty Products Division and Toray will continue to contribute to the realization of a sustainable environment through the expansion of highly reliable, high performing, environmentally friendly materials

About DowDuPont Specialty Products

DowDuPont Specialty Products, a division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, building and construction, health and wellness, food and worker safety. DowDuPont intends to separate the Specialty Products Division into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found



*Type I environmental label

It is an environmental label by a third-party certification, reflecting the intention of environmental administration in various countries and regions around the world.

The establishment and operation of new standards by a third-party accreditation body requires conformity with environmental management standards such as ISO 14020 and JIS Q14020 as well as ISO1402 and JIS Q14024.

Eco Mark by JEA is Japan's only Type I environmental label.

* DuPont™ Sorona® are registered trademarks of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

* Ecodear® and PRIMEFLEX® are registered trademarks of Toray Industries, Inc.

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