Approach to Green Innovation Product Sector
The following diagram outlines the Toray Group’s process and procedures for certifying Green Innovation products. Products are subjected to a two-stage screening process conducted by the divisional committees of group companies and by the group-wide Green Innovation Certification Committee. Those able to demonstrate objective evidence of effectiveness are certified as Green Innovation products.
Green Innovation Product Certification Process
- 4 This includes LCA-related data, T-E2A data, and estimates of CO2 reductions attributable to the product.
- 5 Comprised of members of Toray’s Global Environment Business Strategic Planning Department, Marketing Planning Department, and Technology Center Planning Department, as well as outside experts when necessary.
Fiscal 2015 Highlights
Developing Artificial Suede from Plant-Derived Recyclable Resources
In January 2016, Toray launched sales of Ultrasuede™ PX, the world’s first artificial suede made from plant-derived recyclable resources.
This fabric uses ethylene glycol manufactured from waste molasses, a byproduct of the sugar production process, for part of the raw materials used to produce the polyester fibers. The result is a plant-derived fabric with a similar texture to Toray’s long-selling Ultrasuede™ and the same level of air permeability and easy-care handling. Toray offers a variety of applications for this advanced material, which is highly functional, features a luxurious texture, and delivers superior environmental performance.
Designing a Next-Generation Eco-Smart Apartment Complex
In August 2015, Toray Construction Co., Ltd. launched CHALIER™ Nagaizumi Grand Marks, a next-generation apartment building that features Japan’s first eco-smart fuel cell system for sharing electricity within an apartment complex. Each apartment is equipped with a residential fuel cell unit that feeds into and off of a shared power grid, creating a highly efficient system that conserves energy, reduces CO2 and is cost efficient.