The technology reduces inanimate allergens like house dust mite matter, and pet allergens, and can be added in the finishing stage of the manufacturing process of textiles for bedding and furniture. HeiQ noted that allergies are one of the most prevalent health problems in the world, estimated to affect about 40 percent of the global population, citing an article in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology.
Building upon its tested and proven Synbio ingredient, the new textile finish for home textiles, furniture and public transportation creates an invisible protective layer that lasts at least 20 washing cycles based on performance tests. The company said its main advantage is cutting down the proliferation of allergens such as house dust mite matter and pet allergens, creating conditions for reducing the health threats they pose.
“Chrisal joined HeiQ about a year ago on the mission to improve the lives of billions of people,” Dr. Robin Temmerman, CEO of HeiQ Chrisal, said. “It’s exciting to combine my two decades of research on synbiotics with HeiQ’s leading textile innovation capability to come up with the world’s first 100 percent biobased anti-allergen technology for textiles. Our proprietary HeiQ Allergen Tech achieves an impressive reduction of allergens that can become airborne in our living and sleep environments, in nature’s way. It has a full biologic origin and utilizes the natural process of probiotic colonization on the textile surface to effectively reduce inanimate allergens.”
Several tests have proven the high effectiveness of HeiQ Allergen Tech in reducing the levels of house dust mite matter (96.6 percent), allergens from dog hair (76.5 percent) and cat hair (83.6 percent), even after frequent washing. Following these results, Allergy UK assessed and certified HeiQ’s new allergen control textile technology.
This technology can also be applied to furniture fabrics and public transportation seats, which are more difficult to wash or sanitize.
With its 14 offices, seven manufacturing sites and seven research and development hubs, HeiQ employs 240 professionals. It has a total capacity of 45,000 tons of specialty chemicals per year and serves more than 1,000 industrial customers in 60 countries.