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Lotus Tec

A revolutionary fabric

Samatoa Lotus Textiles has been developing fibres and fabrics that improve environmental conditions and provide employment opportunities for women in rural areas for many years.  Samatoa now seeks to expand its impact with the development of the Lotus Tec®, a revolutionary composite fibre made from our production waste – the Lotus stems – and plastic bottles, creating a perfect circular economy.

With over 400 tons of disposable Lotus stem waste generated by our existing manufacturing process, we could create over 150,000 meters of affordable, revolutionary and technical composite textile.

An ecological and social engagement

The Lotus Tec® project will address key environmental and social issues at each stage of the value chain process.
The development of raw fibres utilizes wastes and up-cycled materials, providing a solution to environmental concerns.  By up-cycling plastic bottles, we avoid the production of 300 tons of PET and at least 150,000 kg of equivalent carbon. Notably, Lotus Tec® generates less than 2 kg CO2 per ton produced compared to virgin polyester, which generates 10 kg CO2; it requires 100 times less water than virgin polyester, 150 times less than organic cotton.
The manufacturing process ensures dependable employment opportunities for women in rural areas, providing decent wages and long-term economic empowerment.  In 2 years, over 30 women have acquired valuable trade skills that have provided them with new opportunities for employment as well as financial independence. In the coming year, we plan to double this number and therefore the impact of our company’s social mission.

Lotus Tec production cycle

Exceptional properties

Following rigorous tests carried out in 2016, the French Institute of Textile and Apparel discovered that Lotus fibre is the first natural Microfiber known worldwide, offering Lotus fabric exceptional properties. Better than synthetic microfiber, Lotus is highly absorbent, providing exceptional comfort. This offers Lotus fabric exceptional properties, as being highly absorbent and providing exceptional comfort.
By varying the percentages of Lotus and plastic, we are able to produce rigid or soft fabric, waterproof or absorbent materials, and textiles suitable for anything from underwear to outdoor furniture. Different blends would also consider the cost structure of the customer in order to meet their profit margin objectives.

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You can download our Press Release or check our video presentation of the project below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly if you want more information.