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New GOTS approved PFC-free DWR

High levels of performance even when applied to textiles at low concentrations.

12th April 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Barnsley, United Kingdom

Sports/​Outdoor, Sustainable

Barnsley, UK-based manufacturer of textile screen printing inks, dyes and functional finishes MagnaColours has launched a brand-new PFC-free durable water repellent (DWR) treatment – Itoguard Aquashield+.

Responding to the continued drive to eliminate PFCs or perfluorinated chemicals (commonly found in water-repellent treatments) from the garment and textile supply chain, the new addition to the MagnaColours Ito range has been specially developed to provide an enhanced mix of high performance and environmental sensitivity.

Aquashield+ offers superior water-repellency performance over conventional paraffin wax or acrylate-based products and can be applied to cellulosic, synthetic and blended fabric compositions.

It provides high levels of water-repellency performance when applied to textiles even at low concentrations, allowing for reduced manufacturing costs. Unlike existing PFC-free water-repellent treatments, it is durable to dry cleaning treatment, significantly widening fabric end-use opportunities for manufacturers and retailers alike.

Aquashield+ fulfils the technical requirements of leading garment retailers around the globe and is also certified as an approved input for the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), meeting world leading standards for textile processing across a variety of ecological criteria. GOTS approval also ensures it qualifies for ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Level 1 certification, joining a vast range of Magna products available to textile processors throughout the industry.

“Aquashield+ is a key addition to our portfolio of functional finishes within the Ito range of textile dyes and chemicals,” said Andy Lee, business manager for dyes and chemicals at MagnaColours. “As the industry  continues to push towards the elimination of PFCs from the supply chain, this product delivers on both superior performance and ecological safety.”

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