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Urs Stalder
Urs Stalder
TT: What is the next big thing in the area of functional finishes?

Odour management is the major topic, especially for activewear. The conventional antimicrobial treatment prevents the growth of bacteria on the textile and thus prevents the development of unpleasant odours. The SANITIZED research is working on new, intelligent systems that prevent the absorption of body and environmental odours by the textile and thus guarantee lasting and complete freshness.

TT: What kind of response have you received from Asian markets? How are your products faring in this region?

Asia is still the largest market for the treatment of textiles. To expand our activities further in this region, our affiliate will include China in its activities in 2015. Using a similar model, SANITIZED recently established a sister company in the USA. The customers in Asia appreciate Swiss quality, the excellent service package and the outstanding reputation of the Sanitized® Ingredient Brand.

TT: After the application of antimicrobial treatments, what is the size of the carbon footprint for textiles? What steps are being taken to minimize this?

Conscientious resource preservation is a deeply embedded concept at SANITIZED and has been practiced for many years. So we are working permanently on developing additives with a lower use concentration and, at the same time, a better performance. The reduction in the amount of additives used, packaging materials as well as the logistics volume are the positive consequences. SANITIZED has been a Bluesign system partner from the very start. The Bluesign system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also gives the consumer confidence that he is acquiring a sustainable product. Many products can be integrated into textile finishing processes so that no additional application process is necessary. This means energy and water savings. The greatest impact on the environment arises during the use of the textiles, during the frequent washing after wearing. This is where the Sanitized hygiene function unfolds its greatest effect. By avoiding unwanted odours, textile products need to be washed less frequently, and, furthermore, wash cycles at cooler temperatures are sufficient. Over the textiles' period of use, this leads to enormous savings of energy, water and detergents. The environmental profile of many of our products can be determined using the One Way calculator developed by Archroma.

TT: For how many washes does the effect of the antimicrobial finish last? What is being done to make this effect last longer?

The treatment is just as individual as the textile. About 50 washing cycles are usually required for sportswear textiles. This may rise to as many as 100 washings for bedding in the healthcare field. Archroma is a leading global provider of auxiliary textile agents and has been our distribution partner for many years. With a solid base of experience and extensive expertise Archroma is supporting the customers on site with specific formulations and application processes to meet their specifications - and increasing the durability of the treatment is also a part of this endeavour.

Published on: 27/10/2015

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