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
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 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
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A sustainaBLE REVOLUTION
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.
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