Newsline-National | November 2014
Working together for sustainable coated textiles
Waterborne polyurethane raw materials evaluated and certified Bayer MaterialScience and bluesign technologies are joining forces for a sustainable textile industry and want to advance their initiative globally. The two companies have agreed to enter into a strategic alliance for this purpose. The objective is to ensure safe production processes and working conditions along the entire value chain. Bluesign technologies is a global leader in evaluating the use of chemicals in the textile industry. The bluesign system defines criteria for chemicals use, including the responsible use of resources, effective hazardous materials management and the elimination of all dangerous substances.
Bayer MaterialScience recently set a milestone in innovative and sustainable textile coating with the introduction of INSQIN, an integrated and complete package for the textile industry based on waterborne polyurethane technology. The package encompasses all aspects of materials development, right through to production by certified manufacturers. This approach redefines the idea of collaboration within the value chain.
¨Bayer MaterialScience has been supporting its customers for a long time now in achieving goals of both innovation and sustainability,¨explains Nicholas Smith, global head of Textile Coating at Bayer MaterialScience. ¨With our waterborne, totally solvent-free polyurethane raw materials, users currently can greatly improve industrial hygiene, cut energy consumption by 50 percent, and water use by as much as 95 percent.¨