Swiss color and specialty chemicals producer Archroma has introduced its Smartrepel Hydro line for polyester, polyamide and cotton-based textiles used in outdoor applications.
The Smartrepel Hydro line supports the increasing adoption of eco-advanced materials and production processes by textile producers and brand owners adhering to industry initiatives such as the Joint Roadmap towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and eco-label standards such as bluesign® System and Oeko-Tex®.
Archroma’s micro-encapsulated technology uses a repelling agent and anchoring agent that provide water protection, breathability and durability. Its high water repellence performance for cotton, polyester and polyamide is tested according to AATCC 22. The finish achieves a soft and bulky hand-feel and strengthens the fabric against abrasion and tearing, without any yellowing. The product’s protective properties last for more than 20 washing cycles, reaching the pinnacle of what is technically possible for any non-fluorine solution today.
The range comprises Smartrepel Hydro CMD designed for cellulosic fibers and blends, and Smartrepel Hydro PM for synthetic fibers.