The Chemours Company, a global chemistry company with leading positions in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts, and chemical solutions, said it is the latest Bluesign system partner, joining the elite network of global textile manufacturers working to minimize the environmental impact of the textile supply chain.
The Bluesign system eliminates harmful substances from the beginning of the manufacturing process, setting and enforcing requirements for environmentally safe production. All partners undergo rigorous assessment to verify compliance with the Bluesign criteria and are subject to ongoing audits to ensure environmental, employee and end-customer safety.
Said Jeffrey Jirak, Chemours global business director, diversified technologies, “Being a responsible member of the global marketplace is a top priority, particularly in the textile value chain. We are eager to leverage the Bluesign system to continuously improve our environmental performance and product offerings for a more sustainable future.”
Chemours claims Teflon EcoElite is up to three times more durable than existing non-fluorinated repellents.
Chemours will complete a Bluesign evaluation of its Zelan R3 finish, which is commercially branded as Teflon EcoElite. Teflon EcoElite finish for textiles is the first renewably sourced, non-fluorinated fabric treatment for durable water repellency. This breakthrough technology is “up to three times more durable than existing non-fluorinated repellents, delivering excellent performance after every wash, year after year,” the company said.
Teflon EcoElite contains 63 percent renewably sourced, plant-based raw materials – not derived from food-sources and non-genetically modified. Textile mills have welcomed this new technology for its performance capabilities without compromising fabric aesthetics, such as feel and appearance, according to the brand.
Teflon EcoElite finish compliments the existing Teflon fabric protector portfolio of products focused on water, oil and stain protection that are also sustainable, performance-driven, fluorine-efficient and based on short-chain chemistry.
The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC), headquartered in Wilmington, DE, helps create a “colorful, capable and cleaner world through the power of chemistry.” Chemours provides its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with “market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations.” Chemours ingredients are found in plastics and coatings, refrigeration and air conditioning, mining and oil refining operations, and general industrial manufacturing. Flagship products include brands such as Opteon, Teflon, Ti-Pure, Krytox, Viton and Nafion. Chemours has approximately 8,400 employees across 36 manufacturing sites serving more than 5,000 customers in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.
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