Interview with Mr. Paul Hulme

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Mr. Paul Hulme
Mr. Paul Hulme
President
Huntsman Textile Effects
Huntsman Textile Effects

Eco friendliness is a matter of grave concern when it comes to textile chemicals and dyes. How do you make your products environment friendly?

Environmental sustainability and technological innovation is at the heart of our operations. We are committed in leading the industry towards technologies that minimize the impact of manufacturing on the environment, while keeping costs low. For the last two and a half years, much of our R&T efforts have focused on economically sustainable greener chemicals. These innovations have led to the creation of water and energy saving textile dyes and chemicals, meeting the textile mills and consumers’ expectations. Take our flagship range, AVITERA SE for example. It reduces the amount of water required during the coloring process by half, with only 15 to 20 litres of water required to dye 1kg of textile. This way, our customers save cost by using less water during the dyeing process.

Human laborers are often exposed to textile chemicals and dyes in textile mills. Do you think that your products are safe in terms of health and personal hygiene?

Compliance and a commitment to product safety are central to our business and deeply embedded in our Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) program. Our focus is on a healthy and safe workplace for our staff. Huntsman Textile Effects also is committed to being an environmentally conscious partner of the community we are in. We support REACH and its objectives, which are consistent with our own corporate philosophy to help create a sustainable future, with no harm to people or the environment.

Nowadays, textile chemicals and dyes can also be made functional in addition to merely being used for color effects. For example, they can be made stain resistant or oil resistant. What is your stand?

Huntsman Textile Effects continues to innovate with smarter and more intelligent effects and solutions. We have invested in research and innovation in order to provide our customers with intelligent textile effects. Our list of intelligent textile effects include UV sun protection, low friction systems to reduce abrasion on skin, quick-dry, built-in freshness, wrinkle-free, hydrophobic finish on the outer surface, and hydrophilic finish on the inner surface and long lasting colors.
Published on: 28/02/2013

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of Fibre2Fashion.com.

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