Plant-based nylon 6 may soon be a reality. San Diego-based Genomatica alongside its collaborator Italy-based Aquafil report they have completed the first demonstration scale production runs for a plant-based nylon 6. The companies manufactured several tons of plant-based caprolactam, have converted it to nylon 6 polymer, and now are
working to transform the polymer into yarns for textiles and carpets as well as engineering plastics.
“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,” said Christophe Schilling, Geno CEO.