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How a bio-based “Dragon Uniform” is being used by Chinese Olympians in Rio.

How the bio-based Dragon Uniform aims to give Chinese athletes the edge in Rio.With the Rio Olympics nowunderway,the Chinese team have confirmedthey will be wearing uniforms made from sustainable, patented fiberfromrenewable, plant-based ingredients. The outfits are the result of a collaboration between DuPont Industrial Biosciences Sorona material and Chinese sports brand Anta.

The Sorona fibers are uniquely soft, extremely durable and have excellent stretch and contains 37% annually renewable plant-based ingredients (by weight). As well as sportswear it is also used in other high-performance fiber applications, including textiles for apparel and home, office and automotive interiors, residential and commercial carpeting and automotive mats.

The Chinese sports brand selected DuPont Sorona as its raw material partner four years ago. Innovation comes from the material has become a consensus for many brands, including Anta. Through close collaboration with Anta, DuPont (@DuPontBiobased ) developed a series of sports apparel applications successfully launched into the mainstream Chinese consumer market.

By incorporating DuPont Sorona renewably sourced fibers in the Olympic champion uniform for the Chinese delegation, we hope to incorporate the concepts of health, environment and public welfare into our champion uniforms, so that the Dragon Uniform is more meaningful, said James Zheng, president of Anta.

Sorona Infographic (Courtesy of DuPont)

Sustainability is not just a concept; it also can bring real value to consumers by the brands that adopt sustainably sourced materials, said Dennis Tsai, DuPont Sorona Asia-Pacific regional director. Sorona brings unique performance innovations and properties to fabric mills and brand houses in a way that is on-trend and meets market needs.

DuPont has a rich and deep history in the textile market, with their inventions including fibers such as nylon, Lycra, Kevlar and rayon (the world’s first man-made fiber).

More recently, in addition to Sorona, DuPonts biomaterials group has focused its innovations on creating high-performing, sustainably sourced materials that become ingredients in products consumers use every day.

For twodays in September at Bio-Based Live in San Franciscowe bring together high-level stakeholders to encourage greater adoption of bio-based innovations and drive towards the circular economy. We aim to supportthe journey to commercialization so find out more and book your place today.

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