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Huntsman debuts renewably sourced water repellent finish
Apr '15
Huntsman Textile Effects and Chemours Company FC have launched Zelan R3, a renewably sourced and non-fluorinated durable water-repellent finish.

“Based on a new technology from Chemours, this breakthrough product is the industry’s first and only renewably sourced water repellent treatment available today,” Huntsman informed in a press release.

Brands that use Zelan R3 finish will now be able to provide consumers with durable water-repellent fabrics utilising an environmental sustainability finish which contains 63 per cent renewably sourced content.

According to Huntsman, this content is derived from a variety of plant-based sources, carefully selected from non-genetically modified and non-food source feedstock.

“It also fully complies with Oeko-Tex Standard 100 requirements, and is compliant with Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Joint Roadmap Manufacturers Restricted Substance List (MRSL),” it added.

Chemours is also in the process of becoming a bluesign system partner so that Zelan R3 finish product can be evaluated and achieve bluesign approved status and be listed in the bluesign bluefinder.

Zelan R3 finish effectively repels water and common water-based liquids such as fruit juice, hot coffee and red wine.

It performs well on a variety of fabrics, including cotton, synthetics and blends and is ideal for high-performance outdoor and outerwear fabrics.

Zelan R3 finish is up to three times more durable than existing non-fluorinated repellents, delivering high-performance repellency for at least 30 washes, which is comparable to leading repellent products.

“Brands are increasingly demanding products that are sustainable and renewably sourced without sacrificing high performance durability,” Lee Howarth, marketing manager at Huntsman Textile Effects said.

“Zelan R3 finish was developed to satisfy this demand, delivering superior water protection while also reducing the environmental footprint of treated fabrics,” he informed.

“Zelan R3 finish continues the 25-year alliance of Chemours and Huntsman and reinforces our joint commitment to innovation that accelerates the textile industry’s drive for greater sustainability,” Howarth added.

Huntsman said it will provide technical support; recipe recommendations and application guidance to help mills and finishers use Zelan R3 finish to achieve the desired performance requirements.

The treatment is applied by padding at loading levels comparable or lower than other typical repellent finishes and can be combined with Phobol Xan Extender to further boost wash durability. (AR)

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