Teijin's ECOPETPaper, a polyester paper made entirely from recycled polyester fiber derived from used PET bottles, now used in lampshades offered by Italy's Artemide

TOKYO , June 13, 2013 (press release) – Teijin Limited announced today that its eco-friendly ECOPETPaper, a high-quality polyester paper made entirely with the company's recycled polyester fiber derived from used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, is being used in lampshades of a lighting collection, named IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE. The collection of lamps is designed by Issey Miyake, a world-famous designer, with his Reality Lab., a research and development team, and produced by Artemide, an Italian lamp manufacturer.

IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE is named after the Japanese word "in-ei," which means shadow, shadiness or nuance. Developed using a mathematical program with 3D geometric principals and made with foldedECOPETPaper, which has superior shape-retaining properties compared with conventional paper, the lampshades can be easily stored flat when not in use. As a wet-laid nonwoven fabric with a texture and permeability similar to traditional Japanese paper, ECOPETPaper lampshades give off a natural, organic combination of light and shade.

ECOPETPaper has been used in printing applications, but this is the first time for the material to be used for lampshades.

IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE is already available in Europe and North America, and will be marketed in Japan beginning on June 15.

About the Teijin Group

Teijin (TSE 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 17,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY745.7 billion (USD 7.4 billion) and total assets of JPY 762.4 billion (USD7.6 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. 

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