Sioen manufactures PLA teabag fabrics

Sioen uses PLA monofilament yarns to produce a fabric that is used for the production of teabags. They are 100% biobased and fulfil the EN 13432 requirements for packaging that is recoverable through industrial composting and biodegradation. It is one of the many durable initiatives Sioen is involved in.

PLA teabags

Sioen produces a fabric, made of PLA monofilament yarns, that is used to produce teabags. PLA is polylactic acid, a polymer produced by fermentation of corn starch or sugarcane. It is biobased, as it comes from a renewable source and natural materials are, thus, used instead of fossil based resources. PLA is industrially biodegradable, meaning that it can be degraded by living microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, etc. within a certain timeframe and under controlled conditions (cf. EN 13432).

Sustainable and renewable textiles

We aim to produce sustainable textiles that have a limited impact on the environment during all phases of their lifetime. During the production process, we use as many renewable and/ or sustainable materials as possible. In addition, we use green energy in our production processes.

You might wonder what the difference is between sustainable and renewable textiles. Well, renewable products are made of a natural resource that is not depleted by being used, while sustainable products have a limited impact on the environment.

As a rule, Sioen aims to make our products’ service life durable and long lasting and when the product is at its end of life, we want to be able to recycle or biodegrade it or to find other solutions for a sustainable end of life.

Sioen’s sustainable initiatives

Sustainability is a theme Sioen puts a lot of effort in. In our production processes, we have switched to renewable energy and we have a zero-waste policy, with waste being reused or recycled. When it comes to water, we aim for a zero discharge status, with exception of sanitary water. Additionally, we have been calculating our CO2 footprint annually since 2016.

If you want to find out more about our Corporate Social Responsibility, please visit our CSR page