Welspun India, part of Welspun Group, in collaboration with DuPont Biomaterials has launched a new home textile collection, including bath towels and bed sheets, made with bio-based materials to meet a growing demand for sustainable home textile products. The collaboration brings together cotton and DuPont Sorona fibres to create home textile fabrics.
The fabrics used in the new range provide comfort, moisture management, a luxurious drape, and a smooth, soft, hand feel, the two companies said in a joint media release.
DuPont’s Sorona brand — made from 37 per cent renewable plant-based ingredients — offers a high-performing, responsibly sourced material option. Fibres made with Sorona polymer are currently used in various apparel applications, including athleisure and athletic wear, insulation, swimwear, outerwear, suiting, faux fur and more.
Sorona polymer offers technical and performance benefits, including softness, stretch and recovery, and inherent stain 2 resistance without the need for topical treatments. It is a USDA Certified Biobased Product and is certified as an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 product.
“Welspun India challenged us to deliver a fibre innovation that will enable them to offer a perceptible value addition to their end customers and yet provide a sustainable solution. We were able to deliver to the Welspun team the Sorona fibre in a format that allows its incorporation into a range of applications, including towels and bedsheets” said Dr Gowri Nagarajan, regional sales and marketing manager, DuPont Biomaterials.
“It is remarkable to see our teams develop this performance stretch Sorona Agile fabric without the need for spandex. It is able to withstand industrial wash conditions without any compromise in fabric property for the life of the fabric. Our teams are currently closely engaged to incorporate other Sorona yarns into home textile applications,” said Umasankar Mahapatra, senior vice president, innovation & sustainability, Welspun India.
“While Sorona fibres have been used in the fashion apparel segment for some time, by staying close to our customers, we realised that there is potential to utilise the functional benefits of Sorona fibres in the home textile segment. As a first step, our innovation team developed towels and bed sheets incorporating an array of key functionalities and we hope to develop new products and other functionalities in the future.
Our collaboration with the DuPont Biomaterials team is a significant step towards our commitment to bringing value-added products to address tomorrow’s challenges through a sustainable approach without compromising on performance and value,” said Dipali Goenka, CEO & joint managing director, Welspun India.