A textile manufacturer has committed itself to producing textiles and apparel from Ingeo fibre, which is based on 100% annually renewable resources made from corn rather than petroleum.

Stafford Textiles, based in Toronto, Canada, is looking to capitalise on increasing demand from retailers for environmentally friendly products.

For production, NatureWorks LLC, whivh developed Ingeo, puts corn through a process to make plant sugars, which are fermented in a method similar to making yogurt. Then the fermentation products are transformed into a biopolymer, from which Ingeo fibre is produced.

The company said that the production process results in 68% less greenhouse gases being added to the atmosphere.

Mick Stafford, CEO of Stafford Textiles Limited, says increasing demand for environmentally friendly products is prompting retailers to push apparel manufacturers into going green. 

Once produced, Ingeo fibre has a natural feel and creates fabrics that are easy care, do not absorb odours, have natural stain resistance, will not retain moisture, and are hypoallergenic.

Stafford Textiles is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with textile manufacturing plants in Taiwan and China, and apparel manufacturing in Sri Lanka, India and China.

The company plans to expand its operations to Egypt and the Sub Sahara countries for duty free access to the US.