In order to create a sustainable society, we must transition to a so-called recycling-based society — a society managed in a sustainable manner that makes effective use of, and recycles, our limited resources. Specifically, this involves using our limited resources sustainably by reducing our use of fossil fuels such as oil, reducing and reusing waste plastic, effectively using and reusing water resources, and making effective use of carbon dioxide. This transition to a recycling-based society will also contribute to resolving the issues of global warming and marine plastic waste. The Toray Group will contribute to creating this recycling-based society by developing and commercializing bioplastics that use plants and other biological resources, promoting the recycling of textiles, camera film and resin products, and reducing waste at the production stage.
Sustainably managed resources
Using non-fossil resources (bioresources)
Toray works to reduce the world’s dependency on fossil fuel resources by manufacturing non-edible plant-based fibers and developing materials and fuels using biotechnologies and membrane separation technology.
Promoting product recycling
Toray facilitates recycling of its diverse products including fibers, resins, films, and carbon fiber.
Reducing waste at production sites
Toray implements measures to use resources more effectively, practices recycling, and works to reduce waste.
A Materials World
Moral fiber: sugar cane replaces petroleum to make eco-friendly polyester fabrics
A MATERIALS WORLD #02
The development of plant-based polyester could help save the earth by changing what we wear, while significant sales figures suggest consumers are all too happy to make the switch to eco-apparel.
Sweet success for biomass technologies
A MATERIALS WORLD #03
The need for more sustainable manufacturing processes has led to exciting innovations in the development of new biotechnologies, notably in the global production of sugar.