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Tintex shows water saving solutions at Performance Days

Two of Tintex’s fabrics have made it into the Performance Forum Jury’s Pick Category.

21st November 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Vila Nova de Cerveira

Sports/​Outdoor, Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear

Two of Tintex’s fabrics have made it into the Performance Forum Jury’s Pick Category that represents fabrics which are a valuable contribution to this season Performance Days focus topic Water – Our Responsibility. Tintex will reveal its range of innovative fabrics that inspire creativity at next week’s Performance Days that takes place from 28-29 November in Munich.

Tintex has been a leader in textile and research innovation for over twenty years, transforming a new generation of cotton and other natural based materials. Established in the Porto region as a specialist in dyeing and finishing techniques, makes Tintex Textiles the perfect choice for fashion, the company says.

80% Lenzing Modal + 20% European hemp rib by Tintex Textiles. © Tintex Textiles

Starting this month, Tintex is a bluesign system partner, meaning it is a responsibly acting party of the textiles value chain, committed to applying the bluesign system, continuously improving its environmental performance and staying focused on a sustainable future.

Key smart ingredients

Tintex’ Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 collection includes vibrant tones, refreshing turquoise and electric green, light and warm copper with chocolate browns that connect the natural and spiritual in an extra-sensorial universe. The fabrics are infused with a stunning palette of nostalgic and multicultural colours – warm yellow with darkened reds, dynamic purple with urban greys.

The fabrics feature a new generation of cotton – GOTS certified organic cotton, Supima cotton, and Ecotec by Marchi & Fildi – that helps save up to 77.9% water consumption, according to the manufacturer. The range also includes SeaCell and Smartcel, produced using the Lyocell process in a closed loop with no chemicals released as waste. Smartcel includes the essential trace element zinc providing anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Refibra by Lenzing technology is another ingredient to the new range. It involves upcycling a substantial proportion of cotton scraps, for example, from garment production, in addition to wood pulp, where the raw material is transformed to produce new Tencel Lyocell fibre to make fabrics and garments. Another feature is Bemberg by Asahi Kasei, a new generation GRS Certified material, made from cotton linters, with a biodegradability certification by Innovhub. Finally, the company uses Roica premium stretch innovative yarn by Asahi Kasei that has over 50% of pre-consumer recycled content.

Water – Our Responsibility

Of special interest this season are the two Tintex’s fabrics that made it into the Performance Forum Jury’s Pick Category. The first one is a smart rib developed to reduce the water usage as most as possible, from cultivation of raw materials until fabric finishing. It is a blend of Tencel Modal cellulosic and biodegradable material, and European hemp, a fast-growing plant that requires very little water and no herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO seeds. Both fibres are biodegradable.

100% Merino wool, naturally dyed jersey. © Tintex Textiles

The second selected article is a 100% Merino wool jersey made unique thanks to Colorau by Tintex, a patented natural dyeing process technique that uses vegetable herbs and extracts. “A great amount of water was saved by avoiding subsequent washing steps. Also, lower water pollution is achieved by avoiding synthetic dyestuffs,” the company reports.

Naturally Clean

The company also launches Naturally Clean – a smart finishing process that is designed to enhance the natural beauty of cotton, taking a cost-effective modern approach to eliminate aggressive treatments and optimise clean surfaces and vivid colours.

“Naturally Clean achieves this by using Novozymes technology, a company that is indeed the world leader in biological solutions. Second, using textile chemicals with the lowest possible environmental impact, without compromising performance, from Beyond Surface Technologies. Naturally Clean maintains the original characteristics for an extended period of time. All materials are Oeko-Tex and soon bluesign certified, thus eliminating harmful substances,” the company explains.

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