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Exclusive: Toray develops 'first' 100% plant-based polyester

Japanese materials group eyes sustainability shift in apparel industry

TOKYO -- Japanese materials maker Toray Industries looks to start mass production of polyester made entirely from plants, a breakthrough poised to cut reliance on petroleum and slash carbon emissions, Nikkei has learned.

Toray developed what is being described as the world's first 100% plant-based polyester jointly with Virent, a U.S. biofuels startup. Production is set to begin in the early part of this decade, people familiar with the matter said.

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