Sweden-based OrganoClick AB, a developer and provider of biofiber materials and chemical products, has introduced two technologies based on biodegradable ingredients – OrganoTex™, a water-repellent finish for cellulose-based fabrics that uses no fluorocarbons or other chemicals that are toxic to the environment; and OC-biobinder™, a biopolymer-based binder that is used to improve mechanical properties of cellulose-based nonwoven and coated textiles.
“The textile processing industry has for many years relied on chemicals that are very effective, but on the other hand are often not degradable in nature and even may cause severe effects on eco-systems or on human health,” said Mårten Hellberg, CEO, OrganoClick. “As customers are starting to realize this problem, we believe that our new products have a tremendous potential for textile manufacturers or textile product brands desiring to combine sustainable and organic textiles with functionality.”
OrganoTex technology involves binding of a highly hydrophobic, biodegradable bio-additive to the fiber via strong covalent chemical bonds that are highly resistant to laundering, according to OrganoClick. The finish can be applied using dipping, padding and other conventional application methods. The company adds that the water-repellency is durable and effective for the normal life of the textile product.
OC-biobinder technology involves use of a polysaccaride derivate to bind the fibers together via strong covalent chemical bonds, thereby enhancing the stiffness or strength of nonwovens and other textiles. The binder can be applied using conventional methods. The polysaccaride derivate comes from renewable sources, is biodegradable and is nontoxic to humans; and it can be used in place of chemical, petroleum-based binders, according to the company.
Source: Textile World, 2011-06-28.