Textile innovator Devan Chemicals has added two more products to its range of bio-based textile finishes.

The company has launched a softener and a quick-dry finish, both of which are derived from vegetable oils and are in line with Devan’s latest innovations on bio-based chemistry.

The Covid-pandemic is serving as an accelerator for a worldwide green economy, thanks to both changing consumer behaviour and government action. Around 84% of EU consumers find sustainability important, reports Insites Consulting in its latest Conscious Consumptions study. This figure is a clear increase compared with pre-pandemic results.

As a result, the world in general and the textile industry in particular are increasingly seeking more sustainable and products fit-for-circular programs. According to McKinsey & Company, the textile industry will experience innovation surrounding sustainably sourced raw materials and bio-based chemical additives to accommodate increasing consumer demand.

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

“We have put ourselves on a mission to be able to extend our bio-based range further,” says Sven Ghyselinck, CEO of Devan. “We wanted to make an even bigger impact on circularity than before, therefore we 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, cotton, but is also fit for synthetic fibres like rPES, PA. 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. The finish enables high wicking and evaporation capability, which helps to evaporate water/sweat easier and faster. The technology is also > 60% (28 days) biodegradable according to OECD 301B.