ITMA 2015

2015-11-12

Rhodia launches biodegradable Amni® Soul Eco polyamide yarn worldwide at ITMA 2015

Rhodia, a Solvay Group company, will launch worldwide the world's first biodegradable polyamide yarn at the event, Amni Soul Eco®. The fiber is finalist of the Future Material Award, in the Best Innovation - Sustainable Textiles category promoted by the tradeshow.

Developed over five years of researches, Amni Soul Eco® is a polyamide 6.6 textile yarn whose formulation has been enhanced to allow garments made with this innovative technology to quickly decompose after being properly disposed of in landfills, making the articles environmentally friendly. Unlike other fibers which take decades to decompose, it only takes about three years for Amni Soul Eco® to be eliminated from the planet.

The yarn arrives at the tradeshow as a finalist of the ITMA 2015 Future Material Award, as the Best Innovation - Sustainable Textiles category. The ITMA award recognizes the best textile innovations and celebrates the essential work of these companies that encourage this industry. The winners will be announced on November 16th during a gala dinner for the world's major players in the industrial textile chain.

Amni Soul Eco® offers the many benefits of Rhodia's polyamide for consumers, such as its soft touch, extreme comfort, breathability, moisture management, easy-care, easy washing, and it is easily dyed in different colors so that industry can produce any kind of garment for all segments. The product is also internationally certified Oeko-Tex® (standard 100, class 1). This sustainable innovation has been recognized by two awards: the Kurt Pulitzer Prize, awarded by ABIQUIM (an association of chemical industries), and one from the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).

Rhodia is pioneer in the introduction of the FAR INFRARED technology with Emana® fiber and once again, it is pioneer in biodegradable technology. “Amni Soul Eco® reinforces our commitment to sustainability. We’re very excited with this worldwide launch. Besides being a recyclable fiber, it’s biodegradable, making it a sustainable solution for waste disposal and perfect for the environment. We believe that Amni Soul Eco® is a breakthrough, helping to make a better world for future generations”, says Renato Boaventura, CEO of the Solvay Group's Fibras Global Business Unit, adding that the company's growth strategy is based on offering technologies, processes and products with a strong, sustainable development footprint.

Emana®
Rhodia will also present Emana® Denim, the new generation of Emana®. Besides skin care benefits, breathability, freshness and comfort for garments, the yarn brings to denim an exclusive and unique lightness and sophisticated visual, combining functionality, fashion and well-being. The yarn recently received the ICIS Innovation Award in the Best Product Innovation category.

ITMA 2015 visitors will find Rhodia in Hall 08 Stand D 105

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