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 work-out. From lactic acid, a molecule called lactide is created. Water is then removed and it’s 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. Naturepedic’s specially formulated PLA fiber 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 non-toxic and sustainable alternative to petroleum-derived products with excellent comfort attributes. Provides an excellent alternative to wool for a more hypoallergenic design.