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Passerelle performers from Devan

Most commonly used fabric finishes now with over 85% bio content.

11th May 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Ronse, Belgium

Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear

Devan Chemicals, based in Ronse, Belgium, has added two more products to its range of bio-based textile finishes – a softener and a quick-dry finish, both derived from vegetable oils and in line with the company’s latest innovations in bio-based chemistry.

The Covid-19 pandemic is serving as an accelerator for a worldwide green economy, the company suggests, thanks to both changing consumer behaviour and government action.

As a result, the textile industry is increasingly seeking more sustainable and products fit for circular programmes.

Devan launched its first bio-based technology in 2019 and is fully committed to making bio-based versions of its existing textile finishes.

“We are on a mission to be able to further extend our Bio-Based range,” said says Sven Ghyselinck, CEO at Devan. “We wanted to make an even bigger impact on circularity than before so looked into what fabric producers use a lot – softeners and moisture management systems. Only by focusing more on the large volume products, can we support the industry to have a bigger impact on sustainability. After the growing success of our natural antimicrobial Bi-Ome NTL, we are proud to now introduce our new natural Passerelle line.”

Passerelle Soft NTL is a durable softness technology based on vegetable ingredients. The technology is wash durable and can be used with natural fibres like hemp and cotton but is also fit for synthetic fibres like recycled polyester. The bio content of the technology is above 85% (ASTM D6866-20).

Passerelle Quick-Dry NTL is a moisture management technology also based on vegetable ingredients. This bio-based finish enables high wicking and evaporation capability which helps to evaporate wate and /sweat easier and faster. The technology is also more 60% biodegradable after 28 days according to OECD 301B.

Both products are available for immediate delivery from Devan.

Since 2019, the company has launched Bio-flam, a bio-based flame retardant, bio-based PCMs, Bi-Ome NTL, a natural antimicrobial and plant-based fragrances under the SceNTL brand name.

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