CornTextile

Loosely translated, Ingeo means “zero impact”.

According to thelambswool.com Ingeo fibers are the first sustainable synthetic fiber applicable for commercial use.  They are derived of plant starches such as corn then broken down into natural plant sugars and carbon elements which are used to make NatureWorks(tm) PLA.  Once these elements are spun into fiber they are referred to as Ingeo fibers.

The diagram below explains Ingeo’s closed-loop lifecycle. (courtesy of 4bp).

Ingeo-Lifecycle

Ingeo fabrics are beneficial for a number of reasons:

  • they’re antimicrobial,
  • hypoallergenic and have amazing
  • wicking  capabilities that reduce growth of fungus and odor,
  • they’re wrinkle-free,
  • flame-retardant,
  • and low-maintenence for cold water washing

The first and only man-made performance fabric from 100% annually renewable resources.

Requires 68% less energy to produce than polyester or nylon resulting in decreased greenhouse gasses.

Made in the United States with annually renewable materials, saves 1.6 million barrels annually.

Ingeo does not contain: Herbicides Insecticides Pesticides Fertilizer.

via Ingeo fibers | Faribault Woolen Mill Co..

So far these fibers a quite costly.  A blanket can easily set you back $150, however, this technology is still relatively new and as with any technological advancement; with time comes ease of manufacturing, and advancement in product development and supply chain processes.

Check out the Faribault Wollen Mill Co. and search for Ingeo fabrics where you shop.  I’m really excited to hear where you find your Ingeo – so please share!

References

http://www.thelambswool.com/IngeoFiber.html

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http://www.faribaultmill.com/ingeo-fibers