THE ECOLOGICAL MATERIALS
AND the TEXTILE INDUSTRIES
Agriculture is crucial to provide us food and other resources, but it is a sector which is currently facing many issues such as water scarcity, soil depletion or loss of biodiversity. The prevalence of intensive monocultures has proved to have a massive environmental cost, and that we need to change our farming model quickly.
In this context, we aim at promoting sustainable farming through a very ancestral plant : hemp. Growing hemp has many agricultural benefits for the land, water and for carbon emissions.
Not only can hemp adapt to various conditions, but it grows quickly, generally without irrigation thanks to it deep roots, or chemicals thanks to its resistance to pests and diseases. Other positive traits include soil regeneration and the ability to absorb substantial carbon dioxide, playing a significant role in fighting climate change. Also hemp is cultivated in rotation cycles, improving pest resistance and increasing following crops yield, especially cereals.
Currently in France, the first European producer, almost 20.000 Hectares are being cultivated and our goal is to increase this figure. For the production of Iroony® materials, we work closely with local farmers groups to aim at developing this up and coming culture, and thus promoting positive farming practices.
Thanks to hemp and innovation, we provide new materials which combine performance, versatility and ecology : the Iroony materials.
In order not to compete with agricultural food production, we focus on hemp stalks produced as well as hemp seeds which are used for human consumption. This enables to keep farming efficiency and offer diversified revenues to farmers.
From this raw material, we develop and apply green biotechnologies to turn hemp into different materials, in order to make fibers, bioplastics, papers and more.
Iroony® materials are adapted to fit a wide range of machinery systems used in textile production, paper production and bioplastic membranes production.
Through Iroony®, our goal is to offer both sustainable and reliable alternatives to cotton, oil-based (polyester...) or wood-based materials.