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Biobased materials for sails

UK Sailmakers France, the developer of MatriX Titanium® sails for the UK Sailmakers group, has introduced Titanium Blue® membrane sails that do not use petroleum based film (Mylar) as their skin material. These sails are being branded as Blue because of the sails’ the sky blue color. Using organically-derived, cellulous-based films, in place of petroleum-based Mylar, these sails are recyclable. Sails made with cellulous-based films will have the same durability as petroleum-based Mylar films yet will be recyclable. When the sail’s competitive usefulness life is over, Titanium Blue sails can be treated with a substance that dissolves the blue film. This allows the recapture of the reinforcing yarns in the sail.

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