Launch of World’s First Commercially produced Bio-derived PET Fiber by Teijin
A new material that Teijin refers to it as ECO CRICLE PlantFiber is made roughly 30% from biofules made from biomass like sugarcane. The new product is available as textile for applications ranging from apparel, car seats and interiors to personal hygiene products. The commercially available PET (polyethylene terephthalate is typically made through polymerization of ethylene glycol (EG) and dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) or telephthalic acid (PTA), with EG constitute 30% of it.
The EG contained in ECO CRICLE PlantFiber is bio-derived rather than oil-derived, but it has the same characteristics and quality of oil-derived PET, suitable to be used in multitude of polyester products.The new product can also is recycled through Teijin Fiber’s ECO CIRCLE closed-loop polyester recycling system. Teijin is aiming for a sale of 30,000 tons of ECO CIRCLE PlantFiber products by March 2013, and 70,000 tons by the third year of business.