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Sciessent Presents Flurocarbon-Free Water Repellent Fabric Finish

Outdoor apparel brands working to phase out long-chain fluorocarbon-based treatments in their durable water repellent (DWR) finishes have a new alternative from Sciessent to consider.

The Wakefield, Massachusetts-based provider of customized antimicrobial and anti-odor solutions on Tuesday announced the release of Curb, a flurocarbon-free functional finish for fabrics.

Sciessent said the DWR delivers the same water repellent performance as existing technologies without the use of harmful substances and can be combined with odor control and antimicrobial technologies.

Outerwear garments treated with Curb technology cause liquid droplets to bead and roll off the surface of the fabric, while maintaining breathability and permeability to air and water vapor.

“We feel it is important to offer our partners a product that delivers performance while also limiting the use of harmful chemicals,” said Paul Ford, chief executive officer for Sciessent, noting that Curb-treated apparel stays dry longer and gets dry faster than untreated garments, which helps to extend its life. “Helping protect the environment is everyone’s responsibility and we’re happy to contribute where we can.”

Last October, the company released Agion Active XL and Lava XL, two technologies designed to self-regenerate between launderings for longer-lasting odor control. The latter is a standalone product that degrades odors, keeping garments from becoming saturated with odor molecules, while Agion Active XL combines the original Agion Antimicrobial with Lava XL to protect apparel from common odors caused by bacteria and sweat.

Sciessent’s customers range from Honeywell and REI to Adidas, Reebok and Skechers. Its antimicrobial solutions have been into a wide range of healthcare, industrial, and consumer applications, including textiles and apparel.