Texon produces new insole material
The company has introduced a new 100 per cent recyclable material to its range of products.
Footwear manufacturers looking to boost the amount of recycled material in their shoes without compromising quality now have a brand-new insole technology at their disposal, according to materials producer Texon. Designed for use in cement-lasted and vulcanised constructions, the company’s ‘Ecoline’ is said to be based on 85 per cent recycled polyester (rPET) and is reportedly 100 per cent recyclable. The company states that Ecoline is up to 32 per cent lighter than similar materials while delivering the same strength and performance as heavier substrates.
Texon Ecoline is produced by a fusion-bonded process that is described as using less energy, water and chemicals while enhancing the internal bonding structure of the material’s randomly-arranged fibres. This is claimed to make the material stronger while retaining the thin, lightweight qualities required for insole applications.
The material is said to offer excellent moisture absorption and dispersal qualities, as well as a high sole bond adhesion with neoprene and PU adhesives. It has been integrated into the company’s ‘take back’ waste recycling programme, thus enabling footwear producers to return any offcuts to Texon.
This article was originally published on page 48 of the November 2020 issue of SATRA Bulletin.