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A next generation sustainable solution

QIRA is the next generation of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) – an easy-to-implement, bio-based BDO made from renewable feedstocks that vastly reduces CO2 emissions compared to materials made using fossil-fuel based BDO.

As a key platform chemical, QIRA can be used in a wide variety of applications, including spandex fibers, bioplastics and polyurethanes. Across a multitude of industries, ranging from fashion to automotive, packaging and electronics, QIRA delivers functionality without compromise through more sustainable solutions that are better for people and the planet.

QIRA for brand owners

We recognize the urgent need for efficient, sustainable solutions and the widespread consumer demand for brands to drive change. Made from renewable plants, like corn, QIRA can radically accelerate your journey toward a fossil-free future.

With material sourced by QIRA, you can keep delivering the quality your customers deserve, differentiate your brand and attract new consumers who are sustainability conscious.

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QIRA for material producers

Our answer to complex problems? Simple solutions.

QIRA facilitates your next steps on our common journey to significant greenhouse gas emission reduction and a circular economy.

Not only can QIRA be seamlessly integrated without transformation costs and without changing manufacturing processes, it also delivers the superior functionality you need to maintain product quality.

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Discover sustainability of QIRA

Up to 93% lower CO2 footprint

Due to its unique manufacturing process and use of renewable plants, like corn, QIRA can lower a product’s CO2 footprint by up to 93% compared to products made with conventional BDO. As QIRA can be used in a variety of industries, such as fashion, automotive, packaging and electronics, it can play a significant role in making our planet more sustainable. We continue working with our supply chain partners to further improve QIRA’s CO2 footprint with the goal of becoming “net-zero” or carbon negative.

Conventional BDO

Disclaimer: This information is based on preliminary evaluations and is provided for informational purposes only.  Specific results for fossil-based products may vary. QIRA (bio-based BDO) GHG calculated based on site-specific data in North America and engineering design from 2021. QIRA (bio-based BDO) results are from an external commissioned study. Conventional BDO results were calculated internally using IPCC 100a method and data from EcoInvent database version 3, assuming production in China. The information in these graphs are based on publicly available sources and unpublished data and is believed to be true and accurate, however, Qore does not guarantee or make any warrant of accuracy or completeness. 

QORE commissioned preliminary life cycle assessment, ISO 14040 compliant, conducted in 2021.

The CO2 emissions that can be avoided by using QIRA are equivalent to up to


Passenger vehicles driven for one year


homes' electricity use for one year


barrels of oil consumed


number of smartphones charged

Source: EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator (May 20, 2021)

How QIRA is manufactured