Thailand’s TotalEnergies Corbion, Bluepha to create sustainable fibres

February 21, 2024 - Thailand

TotalEnergies Corbion has collaborated with Bluepha to create sustainable fibres using Luminy PLA and Bluepha PHA. As a result of the strategic agreement, established back in May 2023, the partnership between the two companies aims to advance the applications and development of Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) products in the Chinese market.

In the fibre industry, improvements in processes are crucial to colour stability and environmental protection of products. TotalEnergies Corbion and Bluepha work together to address challenges in the dyeing process of blended fibres. The primary focus is resolving issues like uneven dyeing and fibre thermal stability, caused by varying molecular structures, the company said in a press release.

“Our companies believe in the power of value chain collaboration globally to deliver innovation. We work with trendsetters across the globe to find new sustainable solutions. Both our companies are committed to delivering high-quality fibre products and solutions to their partners, fostering innovation and sustainability in the fibre industry,” Thomas Philipon, CEO of TotalEnergies Corbion, said.

“The development of the biodegradable materials field is very important in achieving sustainability goals and reducing carbon emissions. This cooperation has proven the applications of PLA/PHA blended fibre, in the fields of sustainable design and fashion, bring new solutions to the sustainable development of the fibre industry,” Bluepha’s co-founder and president, Dr Li Teng, said.

The blend of Bluepha PHA and Luminy PLA creates a natural organic fabric that is lightweight and wear-resistant with a soft, waxy texture, but also potentially antibacterial and anti-odour, according to existing research. Based on PHA and PLA blend fibre technology developments, and HowBottle's innovative design concepts, the companies develop trendy fibre products that widen the sustainability options for consumers. The first commercial products are expected to enter the market by mid 2024.