Germany-based BASF, the largest chemical company in the world, introduced Helizarin EcoSafe, a pigment printing system with “zero add-on” formaldehyde. The company claims its new system is gentle enough for sensitive textile applications, including infant and baby garments.
The new printing system could significantly reduce water and energy consumption. The process eliminates the after-washing and drying steps, which would also decrease the cost and overall production time.
Lütfü Okman, vice president of global business management textile chemicals for BASF South East Asia Pte. Ltd., said the new pigment printing system offers the highest level of consumer safety available in the market today. He added, “It complies with the strict Japanese Law 112, which requires non-detectable limits of formaldehyde for infant clothing.”
Helizarin EcoSafe is the next step in BASF’s range of sustainable solutions for the textile industry, which includes Helizarin Binder CS, Luprintol Booster ZAF and Lutexal Thickener GP Eco.