A Sustainable Material created from An Abundant bio-waste: Chicken feathers

KERTEX is a next generation, high-strength bio-fabric. Taking its name from ‘Keratin’ and ‘Textiles,’ KERTEX is created from beta-keratin, a fibrous protein that possesses unique structural properties. Keratin is among the toughest natural bio-polymers. It’s sustainable and abundant, found in robust structures like hooves and horns of animals. We extract Keratin from chicken feathers and convert it to fibers to be woven into KERTEX.

The World of KeRTEX

Keratin Proteins

The beta-keratin (β-keratin) used in KERTEX is a member of the structural protein family, found in the scales, beaks, claws and feathers of birds, like chickens.

Natural & Synthetic Textiles

Global consumption of natural and synthetic fibers is estimated at nearly 70 million tons annually.

KERTEX Applications

KERTEX is being developed for the U.S. Army, to meet high-wear specifications for defense applications in straps, apparel, vehicle seat belts, covers, and more



Global consumption of natural and synthetic fibers is estimated to be nearly 70 million tons annually, and these fibers are used in clothing, carpets, vehicles, construction materials, and various other everyday applications. KERTEX is a sustainable, bio-based fabric that will reduce global reliance on synthetic, petroleum-based materials while mitigating the drawbacks associated with many natural fibers. KERTEX is made from a globally available, year-round waste product: chicken feathers. Each year, the U.S. produces more than 1.2 million metric tons of waste feathers, which contain the keratin bio-polymer foundation of KERTEX. 

KERTEX is sustainably produced with advanced, AI-informed chemistry.



Each year, the U.S. poultry industry generates more than 1.2 million metric tons of waste chicken feathers, an ample and sustainable supply of raw material byproduct for KERTEX production.

No Seasonality

Other plant- and animal-based fibers are constrained by the seasonality of growing, harvest, and development seasons. KERTEX takes advantage of year-round raw material supply.

Lower Emissions

The production of KERTEX results in approximately 50% lower greenhouse gas emissions during the manufacturing process, reducing its carbon footprint compared to synthetic fabrics.

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