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Dow Chemical's Sustainable Cotton Textile Treatment

Updated : 09-Sep-2020

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Ecofast Pure

Ecofast Pure is a pretreatment applied before the dyeing process to produce?cationic cotton. Cotton modified with Ecofast Pure will have a higher affinity for dyes. Textiles treated with Ecofast Pure include knit and woven fabric, denim and garments.

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Dow Chemicals

Country

United States

Sustainability Benefits

  • Manufacturers can decrease dye use by 75% through increased dye uptake and reduced cycle time.
  • Ecofast Pure can decrease chemical use by up to 90% in the cotton dyeing process.

USP

  • EcoFast Pure decreases water use by more than 50% and cuts down on overall energy use. 
  • Less lead time and inventory with dyeing on-demand.
  • Ecofast Pure Sustainable Textile Treatment helps address key sustainability challenges in the textiles industry – including water quality and water consumption – while enabling brighter colors on cotton fabric.

How does this work?

  • Ecofast Pure is a pretreatment applied before the dyeing process to produce?cationic cotton. Cotton modified with ECOFAST Pure acquires a permanent positive charge, enabling it to have a higher affinity for negatively charged molecules, such as dyes.
  • This is compatible with reactive, direct and acid dyes and is optimized by pretreating cotton through pad application followed by typical dyeing methods.

About the Company

Dow Chemicals, established in the early 1900s, innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. They are focused on packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care products. Dow’s research, investment and industry leadership has resulted in more effective product stewardship practices across the globe and greater transparency with the billions of people who benefit from chemistry. As part of its “Safe Chemistry for a Sustainable Planet” 2025 Sustainability Goal, Dow is collaborating across the value chain to promote product safety and transparency.

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