Also known as polylactide, PLA is a new type of polyester derived entirely from plants (primarily corn and potatoes). The process begins with 100% plant starch, which gets isolated from the other components of the plant and gets turned into sugar. The sugar is fermented in a process similar to making yogurt to create lactic acid. Lactic acid is a naturally occurring material that gives the “tang” to yogurt and makes your muscles ache after a workout. From lactic acid a molecule called lactide is created. Water is then removed and it transforms into the high-performance polymer polylactide (PLA).
PLA performs well in the wash and provides a soft and comfortable feel. It wicks away moisture and resists body impressions. Our specially formulated non-GMO, potato-based PLA batting has been tested for chemical emissions and does not off-gas harmful chemicals. PLA is used in food packaging materials and a number of biomedical applications such as sutures, stents, and drug delivery devices. PLA is a more non-toxic and sustainable alternative to petroleum-derived products with excellent comfort attributes. Provides an excellent alternative to wool for a more allergen-friendly design.