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In Canada, BioAmber (BIOA)
announced that the Flokser Group has successfully developed an
innovative artificial leather fabric using bio-based materials
supplied by DuPont (DD)
Tate & Lyle Bio Products and BioAmber.
Flokser has launched this new synthetic leather fabric under its
SERTEX brand. The novel fabric comprises a polyester polyol made
from BioAmber’s Bio-SA bio-based succinic acid and DuPont Tate
& Lyle Bio Products’ Susterra bio-based 1,3-propanediol.
Flokser’s artificial leather fabric has 70% renewable content and
delivers improved performance. It provides better scratch
resistance and has softer touch than current synthetic leather
fabrics made with petroleum derived chemicals. The global
addressable market opportunity for these bio-based polyester
polyols in artificial leather is estimated to be 330 million
pounds per year (150,000 metric tons); a 165 million pound market
for bio-succinic acid and a 165 million pound market for
Historically, artificial leather has been popular with cows, but
not always with consumers or environmentalists. Brands abound,
including Biothane, Birkibu, Birko-Flor, Clarino, Kydex, Lorica,
Naugahyde, Rexine, Vegetan, and Fabrikoid. Most include
petroleum-based ingredients such as polyamide, acrylic, and
Back in May 2014, BioAmber CEO Jean-François Huc tipped the new
work then underway on artificial leather, stating: Huc comments:
“Over the past year we worked with a number of innovative
companies that validated our Bio-SA in several new applications.
For example, in artificial leather they demonstrated that the
polyester polyol made with Bio-SA offers better aesthetics
including softer touch than the polyols made with adipic acid.
This market reportedly consumes 150,000 tonnes of adipic acid
Back in December 2013, Green Dot announced developed a
compostable synthetic leather made with the company’s Terratek
Flex bioplastic. The new synthetic leather combines the look and
feel of high quality leather with a lighter environmental
footprint compared to traditional leather tanning or synthetic
leather manufacturing. The material can be returned to nature if
placed in a composting environment when its useful life is over.
Initial trials have been completed with manufacturing partners in
the U.S.. The new synthetic leather can be made in a wide range of
colors, textures and thicknesses with a variety of naturally
In June 2012, Suzanne Lee has developed a “vegetable leather”
fabric made using bacteria, green tea, sugar and yeast. The
material can be cut, dried, molded and sewn. The product has a
life expectancy of five years, at which point it will rot and
harden, but not to worry, as it can be composted with a standard
home garden composting system.
“We have been working over the years on sustainability and have
made remarkable steps, including producing first in Turkey
phthalate free artificial leather polyurethane systems. We strive
to work with global best in class companies to shape the future.
Working with BioAmber and DuPont Tate & Lyle has helped us to
generate fresh ideas and develop new products that offer a unique
combination of performance and sustainability for our industry,”
said Ekin Tükek, Flokser Group board member.
“This new eco-friendly artificial leather fabric from Flokser
demonstrates the performance that bio-based materials can offer in
technically challenging applications. The artificial leather made
with our Bio-SA™ and DuPont Tate & Lyle’s Susterra®
outperforms standard products, bringing better abrasion resistance
and softer touch,” said Babette Pettersen, BioAmber’s Chief
“We are pleased with this new product launch in a major
industrial segment of the polyurethane market, and we believe that
working with Flokser, an industry leader, will drive market
adoption. This new artificial leather fabric is a unique product,
combining renewable content with the highest standards of
performance and quality”, said Steve Hurff, VP Marketing and
Sales, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products.
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