The biodegradability of textiles, the increasingly important factor in assessing material sustainability, is Hohenstein’s key point of interest.
The German Hohenstein Group will showcase at next Techtextil/Texprocess trade show in Frankfurt (May 9-12, 2017), heralding biodegradation of textiles as one of its key focuses of their presentations. Experts from Hohenstein’s Development and Services departments will be available for personal discussions, both at the booth and during the five Techtextil symposium and Texprocess forum presentations.
The biodegradability of textile products is becoming an increasingly important factor in assessing material sustainability, focusing not just on manufacturing and product safety, but on what happens to a textile product once it reaches the end of its useful life cycle. At Hohenstein show booth and at the Texprocess forum, a team of Hohenstein experts will present an internally developed test procedure for assessing the biodegradation of textiles and demonstrating the marketing opportunities provided by certification and product labels.
Furthermore, Hohenstein scientists are currently involved in a collaborative project to develop protein-based water and dirt-repellent finishing agent to provide an alternative to hydrophobic processes using fluorocarbon chemicals (PFC), which are still in common use. The aim is to functionalize textiles in a stable, economical and sustainable way using fungal proteins produced with biotechnology as a replacement for per- and polyfluorinated hydrocarbons that are potentially dangerous to humans and the environment.
source: Hohenstein Group