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Corn

Corn is a renewable resource and is biodegradable under certain conditions. The corn kernels are milled, dextrose is extracted from starch. Huge fermenters convert the dextrose into lactic acid, a simple organic chemical that is a by-product of fermentation. The compound is converted to lactide, and lactide molecules are linked into long chains or polymers: polylactic acid, PLA.

ADVANTAGES OF CORN

  • Similar to cotton in appearance
  • Natural fiber hand
  • Wickability/breathability of natural fibers
  • Good performance qualities
  • Made from a renewable resource
  • Good flammability resistance
  • High UV resistance
  • Excellent drapeability
  • PLA is biodegradable like natural fibers under certain conditions