Fiber

Plant-based synthetic fibers
for the next generation

PlaX™ is made from polylactic acid using the fermentation process of sugar collected from sugarcane, and can be processed into various types of fabrics by fibrillization. By changing the weaving method and blending materials, a variety of variations in fabric texture and functionality can be created. As a next generation fiber, added characteristics such as antibacterial properties derived from lactic acid are expected, while retaining all the characteristics of conventional synthetic fibers.

Feature

In addition to efficiency for the environment,
greater functionality is demonstrated in the fibers.

Lactic acid-derived
antimicrobial activity

By utilizing lactic acid activity released from the fibers, PlaX™ can provide “antimicrobial activity” to control bacterial growth. The strong antimicrobial effect has been verified for Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Moraxella osloensis.

Sweat and damp-dry
smells are also inhibited

PlaX™ has a anti-odor effect. A strong anti-odor effect can be expected for Moraxella osloensis, a cause of indoor dried clothes and musty smell, and isovaleric acid which is source of body odors and the smell of old people, etc.

Reduces stress
on skin

Includes excellent quick-drying properties. Depending on the combination of materials, such as highly absorbent cotton, the fiber can demonstrate excellence in both water absorbency and quick-drying properties. In addition, since it is a static-resistant material, stress on skin can be decreased from various aspects.

Case Study

Collaboration with brands and manufacturers

Various brands and manufacturers have begun using fabrics containing PlaX™.

 emmi (MASH Style Lab Co.,Ltd.)

mmi, a daily wear and yoga wear brand, has launched a sustainable collection using PlaX™. The collection also includes a visualization of each product’s CO2 emissions.

 YVON INED N.vague (FLANDRE CO., LTD.)

ON INED N.vague, a brand for mature women with a genuine interest in fashion, has adopted PlaX™ blend 5 fabrics, including a denim-like material, for its new collection.

 White Mountaineering

PlaX™ is used in the 24SS collection of White Mountaineering, which is based on the concept that “The field in which we wear clothes is all outdoors.“

Mori Art Museum

PlaX™️ T-shirts by contemporary artist Takeshi Yasura will be launched as official exhibition merchandise for the Mori Art Museum’s 20th anniversary exhibition, “Our Ecology: Toward a Planetary Living.”

TRUNK(HOTEL)

PlaX™️100% jersey material has been adopted for the original T-shirts of TRUNK(STORE), a concept store operated by TRUNK(HOTEL) that develops and carefully selects items of social contribution called <Socializing>.

YAMAP

YAMAP, Japan’s largest mountaineering and outdoor platform, has teamed up with Bioworks to release an outdoor-focused cut-and-sew garment made from PlaX™ and wool. Both materials possess excellent anti-odor properties.

RHYTHM&BALANCE (Kowa Company, Ltd.)

Rhythm&Balance, a brand that promotes a well-being lifestyle centered around environmentally friendly items that prioritize the connection between the mind, body, and people, has incorporated PlaX™ cotton dungarees into their product line.”

SHIPS

PlaX™ has been selected as a material for SHIPS 2023 Spring/Summer Collection, which will feature cut-and-sew and knit items for both men and women.

human woman (TSI Inc.)

The “Go Green” project, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Human Woman, features a border cut-and-sewn jersey material made from a blend of cotton and PlaX™.

Hitotsubu Kanro earth

KANRO CO., LTD. is well known for its KANRO candies and Pure Gummies. The “Hitotsubu Kanro Earth” line of environmentally friendly and sustainable products, which are sold at the company’s directly managed Hitotsubu Kanro stores, now includes a PlaX™ towel called “Hand Towel for the Earth.

MARLMARL

PlaX™’s environmental performance as a plant-derived and biodegradable material, and its functionality as an antibacterial material derived from raw materials, requiring no post-processing, have been highly valued. As a result, they have been incorporated into MARLMARL’s new “Sty” and “Swaddle” products for babies and kids, for the Fall/Winter 2022 season.

doublet

PlaX™ is featured in doublet’s fall/winter 2022-23 collection, which includes outerwear, bottoms, and underwear with a witty interpretation of PlaX™’s biodegradability.

Filament yarn

Various fabrics for clothes have been developed with PlaX™ as the filament yarn. This has greatly improved the physical and staining properties of the fabric, which were once the weak points of polylactic acid. As a plant-derived synthetic fiber which can be a serious alternative to polyester, it is possible to develop not only fashion items and sports and outdoor clothing, but also industrial materials such as fish nets.

Woven Fabric
Fleece

Up to now, material that could only be made with petroleum-derived synthetic fibers, such as functional sweat suits, fleece and cotton mixed weave textiles, can now be expressed with improved functionality using PlaX™.

Staple fiber/Spun yarn

PlaX™, has softness and a smooth texture as a spun yarn. By blending it with other fibers such as cotton, wool, linen, etc. not only a high-quality texture, but also antibacterial, deodorant, and quick-drying properties can be provided. Research and development are currently underway with the aim of creating a plant-derived alternative for feather down and inner cotton.

Knit Yarn
Woven Fabric
Denim
Jersey Fabric

By adding PlaX™ to cotton products for which texture is very important, both the texture of cotton and functionality of PlaX™ can be combined. Even when blended with other natural fibers, the best of each fiber is highlighted while adding the functions of PlaX™.

PlaX™ can be provided in various forms according to the application, from fiber to fabric. A PlaX™ blend can be customized, such as adjusting the composition of the fabric to satisfy the specifically desired functionalities, including antibacterial and biodegradable properties. Please feel free to contact us.

D2C Brand

Original D2C brand
「bio」

In order to install PlaX™ in life, original products are developed and designed, and the D2C brand was developed. We offer items that make people’s lives more comfortable, by not only from the environmental aspect such as biodegradability and carbon neutral, but also with specific functions such as antibacterial, deodorizing, and quick-drying properties.

bio

“bio” is “a wearable skincare brand” specifically for items which come in direct contact with the skin, under the concept of “Anytime Skincare.” The high antibacterial properties of lactic acid promote health care for all body types. Starting with the most basic items that contact the skin in daily life, such as towels and T-shirts, we offer a product lineup to maintain a healthy skin texture.