In a major collaboration, Toray Industries, Inc. has partnered with Yoshida Co. to jointly develop materials for Tanker bags utilizing Ecodear N510, a revolutionary 100% plant-based nylon fiber. Yoshida’s well-known Porter brand has been manufacturing and selling bags under the iconic Tanker line for the past four decades. The Ecodear N510 fiber is composed of 100% biobased synthetic polymers, meeting the standards set by ISO 16620-1:2015 for the biobased content of plastics.
The outer fabric of the bags will be made using Ecodear 510, a material produced by polymerizing and spinning sebacic acid sourced from castor oil and pentamethylenediamine derived from corn. What sets Ecodear N510 apart from other plant-based nylons is its exceptional melting point and dimensional stability, making it both robust and heat-resistant like Nylon 6. Ever since its commercialization in 2022, Toray has been actively exploring new applications for this material as part of its commitment to sustainability.
The partnership aims to combine the benefits of plant-based materials with the practicality of Ecodear N510 for the Tanker line. Toray’s expertise in spinning technology has enabled mass production of Ecodear 510, which Yoshida selected for its strength and quality.
Additionally, the bag lining will feature Toray’s chemical-recycled nylon fibers derived from sources like fishing nets. The collaboration between the two companies will continue as they work together to develop more environmentally friendly materials and products.
By using fewer fossil-derived resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Toray and Yoshida are responding to the growing demand for sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Toray remains dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and supporting sustainable economic growth by delivering advanced technologies and materials to meet changing consumer preferences.