Naia, next-gen silk, alternative silke.
Eastman
Material Name: 

Naia™

Biomimicry: 

Silk

Main Input: 

Plant-derived

Founded: 

1920

HQ: 

United States

TRL: 

5

Founder(s): 

George Eastman

Website: 
About the Company

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company's innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables.

Material

Naia™ Renew is a cellulosic fiber made of 60% sustainably sourced wood pulp and 40% recycled wasted plastics. It is available as both a filament yarn and a staple fiber.

Technology

The process starts with pine and eucalyptus wood, sourced from sustainably managed forests and plantations in North America and Brazil. The wood is then turned into wood pulp, which is ready to enter the production process in Eastman´s facility in the U.S.A. Solvents used in the process are recycled back into the system for reuse with no release into the environment. Used water is cleaned and returned to the source with routine testing to ensure thriving biodiversity in the local river. The dope is spun through tiny holes in a spinneret and air-dried to form cellulose acetate yarn. Dry spinning Naia™ does not require any water. Wood pulp is combined with acetic acid to make cellulose acetate granules. Handled in a closed-loop process, the granules are dissolved in acetone to make a cellulose acetate dope solution. The cellulose acetate yarn is wound onto large bobbins, ready for shipping to fabric mills and Eastman warehouses around the world.

Applications

Fashion.

Selected Brand Partnerships

n/a

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