A future, where durability and sustainability interconnect



The future is now! A future where the demand for long-lasting performance meets the pressing need for materials from a renewable source - and delivers a durable solution. High performance sustainable textiles engineered to offer exciting new horizons for designers of apparel, footwear and gear. How did we make that happen? The answer is in yet another highly successful collaboration.

For this venture, we got together with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products. They’re the company that’s breaking new ground in sustainability. A brilliant example of this is their Susterra® propanediol based membranes and coatings. Bring to this the legendary durability of INVISTA’s CORDURA®  fabrics and the outcome is an unbeatable combination of performance features.

To explain the advantages, let’s talk technical for a minute. Susterra® propanediol durable coatings and waterproof, breathable membranes are manufactured through a proprietary fermentation process using plant-derived glucose. As well as being renewably sourced, Susterra® is manufactured using a sustainable process that produces 50% less greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, it consumes 42% less non-renewable energy than equivalent petroleum-based diols. At the manufacturing facility’s full capacity, that’s equivalent to taking 40,000 passenger cars off the road and turning off one million 100W incandescent lightbulbs for one full year.

A durable and sustainable relationship

One of the factors that helps make this collaboration so effective is that both our companies share a common heritage, tracing their roots back to the global science giant DuPont. What’s more, we’re both marking major milestones this year.  The CORDURA® brand is celebrating 50 durable years of continuous advancements that have helped shape the world of military, workwear outdoor, and lifestyle products. While for DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, 2017 completes a full decade of offering high performing ingredients from a sustainable and renewable source based on leveraging the tools of modern biotechnology. And this is just the start of a great relationship, as pointed out by Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA® brand and marketing director.

“Working with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is the beginning of great things to come. At the core of our brand’s DNA is a dedication to delivering durable next generation fabric technologies. Products made with CORDURA® fabrics are long-lasting, which means they need to be replaced less often, helping reduce waste. We constantly look at ways to increase the utility and durability of our products and ways we can benefit the environment.  Ultimately, our belief is that ‘Sustainability Begins With Products That Last™’, and this forms the perfect backdrop for our collaboration with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products.”

This positive belief is shared by Laurie Kronenberg, global marketing director for DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products.

“We are thrilled to be working together with the CORDURA® brand, combining our unique capabilities and expertise, and building on our track records of delivering innovation to the marketplace. Together, we can revolutionize the future use of sustainable textiles by delivering innovative solutions that marry the legendary long-lasting durability of CORDURA® fabrics with the bio-based performance of Susterra® propanediol based membranes and coatings.”

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, naturally better ideas

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is a joint venture between DuPont, a global science company, and Tate & Lyle, a world-leading renewable food and industrial ingredients company. DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products provides natural and renewably sourced ingredients that enhance product performance.  For more information on Susterra® propanediol, visit www.Susterra-performs.com to see the solutions we offer across a wide variety of markets and applications.

On show, and online

May 9-12, 2017, Techtextil, in Frankfurt, Germany.  That’s the date in the diary to see the first sustainable textile innovations resulting from this exciting collaboration. But you can also get all the information you need online whenever you like at www.CORDURA.com.

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