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Sustainable Solutions for Apparel & Sportswear :

BREATHABLE MEMBRANES

The Pebax® range includes grades that can be processed into breathable, waterproof, monolithic films. These films have a high and adjustable MVTR (moisture vapor transfer rate) and excellent tear strength that won't weigh down athletes. Our team works with partners film makers and laminators that can provide Pebax® films.

Key benefits of Pebax® films over micro-porous films:

  • No loss of performance over time

  • Higher mechanical strenght
  • Higher water-entry pressure
  • Better odor and liquid barrier behavior
  • Bio-based options available

MORE INFORMATION ON BREATHABLE FILMS

BIO-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR TEXTILES

It's time to rethink how we manufacture textiles: with more sustainable and durable materials, and traceability along the value chain.

Arkema provides high-performance materials solutions derived from a renewable feedstock: castor beans.

Explore our solutions for the textile industry.

 

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Rilsan® PA11 is unlike any other nylon.
Textiles manufactured from Rilsan® PA11 solve traditional issues encountered with PA6 or PA6.6 fibers, being lighter, softer and more durable.

We work with partners specialized in fiber manufacturing to provide bio-based and renewable yarns made from our Rilsan® PA11.

 

  Polyester PA6 or PA6.6 PA11
Feedstock origin Crude oil Crude oil Bio-based
Cool touch - + ++
Soft touch - + ++
Density (g/cm3) 1,4 1,15 1,03
Water uptake Very low Very high Very low
Deformation resistance - + ++
Chemical resistance + + ++
Abrasion resistance + ++ ++

Results based on identically prepared samples.

Examples of 100% bio-based fabrics. 100% Rilsan® PA11 yarn.

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Platamid® hot melt adhesives are available in filament, web, and film form.
Bio-based grades available.

MORE INFORMATION ON PLATAMID® HOT MELT ADHESIVES

FEEDSTOCK FOCUS: CASTOR BEANS

A simple, transparent & responsible value chain:

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BENEFITS OF THE CASTOR CROP:

Rilsan® PA11, Pebax® Rnew® elastomers and Platamid® Rnew® Hot Melt adhesives are all derived from the same feedstock: castor beans. The cultivation of castor beans has a lot of advantages :

  • No competition with food crops
  • No contribution to deforestation
  • GMO-free
  • Castor grows on the poorest soils
  • Castor is more drought-resistant than many other crops

 

ACTING WITHIN THE CASTOR COMMUNITY:

In order to ensure best working conditions for Indian farmers and drive sustainable castor crop production, Arkema launched the Pragati Initiative in 2016 with its partners BASF, Jayant Agro-Organics and the NGO Solidaridad. The program aims at educating farmers, helping them increase their income while using good agricultural and environmental practices (reducing water consumption).

OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY    LATEST RESULTS (2022)

 

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