The Dow Chemical Co. recently introduced the ECOFAST™ Pure Sustainable Textile Treatment, which enables unique, brighter colors on natural textiles as well as improves resource efficiency during dyeing, according to the company. The patented technology allows for the uptake of reactive, direct and acid dyes on natural fibers and fabrics, including fluorescent colored acid dyes for cotton. Dow reports materials treated with Ecofast Pure may be rinsed fewer times in lower temperature water during the dyeing process with a decrease in water use of up to 50 percent; and dye use may be decreased by as much as 75 percent because of the increased dye uptake and reduced cycle times. The treatment is suitable for tubular knit fabric, yarn, denim, garments and toweling.
“Dow has leveraged over a century of material science knowledge to help address the performance and sustainability gaps in the textile industry,” said Esma Talu, market manager, Dow. “By pretreating textiles with Ecofast Pure, manufacturers can deliver longer lasting, new-generation colors on natural textiles while simultaneously reducing water, dye and energy use.”