SORONA®: FABRICS BUILT FOR PERFORMANCE

SORONA®: FABRICS BUILT FOR PERFORMANCE

DuPont is a company best known for their work in chemical manufacturing, but did you know that the 217-year-old company has their hands in a wide variety of industries; from automotive to food and beverage? What may surprise some is their work in textiles. According to their website, the company has been “delivering performance-grade fabrics, fibers, and nonwovens to many industries for more than 40 years.” In the year 2000, DuPont released their own brand of Triexta, a fiber that combines the best qualities of nylon and polyester. This fiber is called Sorona, and it is breaking through in fashion apparel. 
 
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What is SORONA®?
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SORONA® ( http://sorona.com/ ) is a fiber that was born from a core belief that, “a single fiber can make a world of difference.” When DuPont scientists discovered a new way to produce PDO, a key component in SORONA®, they believed the process would ignite positive change across the textile industry. So, what makes SORONA® so innovative? Well, compared to standard nylon, the fiber uses 30 to 40 percent less energy and releases 63 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions ( https://www.synzenbe.com/blog/imagining-a-carbon-neutral-fashion-world-900/900 ). Here are some other benefits of Sorona:
* Made from a plant-based polymer – In order to make SORONA®, glucose (sugar) is extracted from harvested crops. Then, the polymer base for the fiber is made when microorganisms are added to the glucose via fermentation. Approximately 37 percent of the polymer for SORONA® is made from renewable plant-based ingredients. So, the fiber is indeed eco-friendly. 
* Durable – SORONA® has strength and resilience that make it perfect for activewear. It is also very flexible and has a stretch that has a recovery similar to several nylon fabrics  ( https://www.synzenbe.com/blog/nylon-pros-cons-sustainability-919/919 )on the market. As more consumers are looking for quality clothing that has a long lifespan, durability is becoming a great selling point. 
* Can be combined with other fibers – In October of 2019, DuPont announced an exciting (and enticing) collaboration with Lenzing ( http://sorona.com/article/dupont-biomaterials-and-lenzing-collaborate-to-launch-new-sustainable-fabric-collection/ ) to create a fiber that blends SORONA®​​​​​​​ with Tencel Lyocell and Modal. This combination of fibers would not only make for a softer, more comfortable garment but one of even greater resilience. This new fabric can be used for anything, from intimates to denim.   
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The Look and Feel of SORONA®​​​​​​
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In case you have never seen SORONA®​​​​​​​ in person, it is reminiscent of nylon but comes in several different fabrications and finishes. These include, but are not limited to Jersey, pique, double twill, and mesh. Here are some other traits of Sorona worth noting:
*  Great drape – In November of last year at an event hosted by DuPont Biomaterials ( https://sourcingjournal.com/topics/sustainability/dupont-sorona-sustainability-event-180201/ ), models wore dresses and skirts made from Sorona fabric. This goes to show that the material’s beautiful drape is an ideal match for these styles.  
* Lightweight and breathable – SORONA®​​​​​​​’s lightweight and breathable warmth might be the reason why it is beloved by outerwear brands. In outerwear applications, the fiber is typically used as an insulator (like down feathers) rather than an exterior fabric.
* Moisture-wicking – The material is also quick-drying and wicks moisture off the skin. This allows for maximum comfort when worn.
* Wrinkle and fade resistant – SORONA®​​​​​​​ is not only wrinkle resistant, but fade resistant too. The material repels UV rays and chlorine so it maintains a vibrant color, and its smooth molecular structure allows for it to recover and retain its shape.   
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Brands Using SORONA®​​​​​​ 
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SORONA®​​​​​​​ is still a little known fiber among mainstream apparel, but a few notable brands have become fans and used the material for everything from outerwear to hiking pants and chinos. 
Zara
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Zara is one of the largest brands to choose DuPont SORONA®​​​​​​​ and has used the fiber as thermal fill for their outerwear products. As mentioned earlier, SORONA®​​​​​​​ is a great insulator because it retains body heat and is breathable. 
Shop all SORONA®​​​​​​​ products from Zara ( https://www.zara.com/us/en/search?searchTerm=sorona )
 
The North Face
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The North Face has utilized SORONA®​​​​​​​ Triexta fabric for their bestselling men’s hiking pants. The material is durable and lightweight, which makes it perfect for this particular application. After all, hikers are facing some rugged conditions and need to move comfortably!
Shop the Motion Pant from The North Face ( https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/mens-relaxed-motion-pants-nf0a2wlp )
 
Taylor Stitch 
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Taylor Stitch has done something no other brand has; they have combined merino wool and SORONA®​​​​​​​ to make a soft and strong fabric called Merino 4S. The brand has used Merino 4S for their commuter chino and commuter shorts, both of which appear to have sold out on their site!
Learn more about Merino 4S ( https://www.google.com/search?q=merino+4s&rlz=1CAHKDC_enUS873&oq=merin&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i57j0l5j69i60.2354j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 )

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