TotalEnergies Corbion, Bluepha deliver new sustainable textiles
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TotalEnergies Corbion, Bluepha deliver new sustainable textiles

The blend of Bluepha PHA and Luminy PLA creates a natural organic fabric that is lightweight and wear-resistant

  • By ICN Bureau | February 15, 2024

TotalEnergies Corbion collaborates with Bluepha to create sustainable fibers 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 fiber industry, improvements in processes are crucial to color stability and environmental protection of products. TotalEnergies Corbion and Bluepha work together to address challenges in the dyeing process of blended fibers. The primary focus is resolving issues like uneven dyeing and fiber thermal stability, caused by varying molecular structures.

Thomas Philipon, CEO of TotalEnergies Corbion states, “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 fiber products and solutions to their partners, fostering innovation and sustainability in the fiber industry.”

Bluepha’s Co-founder and President, Dr. Li Teng, added: “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 fiber, in the fields of sustainable design and fashion, bring new solutions to the sustainable development of the fiber industry.

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-odor, according to existing research.

Based on PHA and PLA blend fiber technology developments, and HowBottle's innovative design concepts, the companies develop trendy fiber products that widen the sustainability options for consumers. The first commercial products are expected to enter the market by mid-2024.

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