Dyneema® enables superior durability for sustainable workwear and performance-based garments

A LinkedIn article previously published by William Smith, Senior Sales Manager, Consumer & Professional Protection.

According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, shifts in consumer spending coupled with the disruption of global supply chains fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic are putting an increased emphasis on sustainability across the apparel and textile industries. These shifts have also ignited changes in governmental regulations to create more sustainable production methods for material manufacturers and consumer brands.

Changing consumption habits at the consumer level are also prioritizing durability over single or limited use items. In both workwear and performance-based garments, brands are now actively pushing for materials that reduce weight while simultaneously improving comfort, durability and performance.

DSM is uniquely positioned to address these market changes with an extensive range of performance-based fabrics made with Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. The inherent properties of Dyneema® enables brands to either incorporate lighter weight fabrics at the same strength level or higher strength fabrics at the same weight. These strength indicators include tenacity, tensile and tear numbers – while also improving UV, cut, chemical and abrasion resistance of the fabric.

Additionally, Dyneema® enables these performance characteristics to be realized with a lower percentage of fiber. In woven or knitted fabrics, staple spun or filament fibers are available – which can be blended with both natural and synthetic fibers depending on the market demand and brand requirements.

Together with our Premium Manufacturing Partners, DSM has established more than 100 different woven and knitted blends for apparel, footwear, workwear and industrial applications. These blends include materials like hemp, Tencel®, cotton, Cordura®, polyester and nylon and are optimized to maximize garment comfort, stretch, durability and weight. In fact, garment strength can be doubled by incorporating just 4-8% Dyneema® fiber in a 100% woven cotton fabric. These numbers increase by a factor of three when using 15% Dyneema®.

With the introduction of bio-based Dyneema®, the world’s first-ever bio-based HMPE fiber, DSM is able to offer innovative solutions that do not sacrifice performance for sustainability. Sourced from renewable, bio-based feedstock using the mass balance approach, bio-based Dyneema® fiber reduces our reliance on fossil fuel-based resources without compromising on performance, protection, comfort or durability, and can be fully integrated into high performance fabrics for workwear and performance-based garments.

Through our Premium Manufacturing Partnerships, DSM has also established global supply chains for the manufacturing of yarns, fabrics and performance-based garments. These relationships enable operational advantages to address brand needs; including accessibility to a wide-range of diverse fabric options, increased speed to market, new fabric innovations, world-class capabilities and material processing that meets strict quality and control requirements.

Access to DSM’s global manufacturing footprint further enables shorter supply chains and proximity to key markets, which increases the security of supply while reducing carbon emissions during the transport of materials. Combined with the performance characteristics of Dyneema®, these factors enable DSM to meet the shift in consumer demand for more sustainable alternatives to address challenges in the global textile market.

Are you a brand interested in learning more about how fabrics with Dyneema® fiber can optimize the performance of your garments? If so, please contact me directly. 

William Smith
Senior Sales Manager
DSM
William.Smith@dsm.com

Published on

30 November 2021

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