Featuring a base material of Ultrasuede and a special resin treatment applied to its surface, Ultrasuede nu has a delicate texture and suppleness reminiscent of premium aniline leather, according to a press release by Toray.
ANA decided to adopt Ultrasuede nu because it is an eco-friendly material that combines luxurious texture, design, and high functionality. Toray is developing 100 per cent plant-derived polyesters in line with efforts to make its mainline polymers biobased to help materialise a carbon-neutral, circular economy that does not depend on fossil resources.
Ever since Toray started the commercial production of Ultrasuede on a global scale in 2015, the company has remained focused on developing products using higher plant-based raw material.
The ultra-fine fibres of Ultrasuede nu are composed of 100 per cent plant-based polyester made of ethylene glycol from sugarcane molasses by-products and dimethyl terephthalate from corn starch. The elastomer, which is used for the inner parts of the nonwoven fabric, is composed of about 30 per cent plant-based polyurethane made with polyol from castor oil plant, added the release.
The scrim is composed of about 30 per cent plant-based polyester made from ethylene glycol from sugarcane molasses by-products.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (NB)