The material will go to leading global brands and their value chain partners who are eager to explore and develop renewable products, create showcase goods and test feedback with customers.
“Now, more than ever, global brands are taking action to incorporate sustainable materials into their products,” Geno CEO Christophe Schilling said. “We’re working to build purposeful, traceable and transparent supply chains, in this case for nylon 6, with the goal to provide more sustainable products that consumers demand and material solutions that can help brands achieve their ESG goals.”
Genomatica has a proven track record of successfully scaling technology from idea to commercialization stage for multiple renewably-made products, he said.
Biobased nylon 6 is Geno’s third major product line on be headed down that path. The company’s strategy has been to enter into partnerships with a range of brands to advance its goal of transitioning the market to more sustainable alternatives. Recent milestones include: a collaboration with Lululemon to bring plant-based materials into Lululemon’s products, a production milestone with partner Covestro for plant-based HMD used in sustainable coatings, and a partnership with Asahi Kasei and a newly formed venture with Unilever to commercialise and scale plant-based alternatives to feedstocks like palm oil or fossil fuels, to make key ingredients used in everyday cleaning and personal care products.