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These Bio-Based Innovations Could Reshape Textile Finishing

Devan Chemicals, a Belgium-based developer of finishing textile technologies, is set to introduce two new bio-based solutions at next week’s Heimtextil trade show in Frankfurt, Germany.

After launching its first bio-based solution called Bio-flam in May, Devan is complementing the bio-based flame retardant with a bio-based antimicrobial, BI-OME Natural, and Tones of Cool Bio, a bio-based phase change material, or PCM. The company is a leading innovator in the fields of flame retardants, odor control and stain release, and thermoregulation.

BI-OME Natural is a bio-based antimicrobial solution that offers optimal freshness and hygiene for textiles. The active ingredients are linseed oil, obtained from the dried, ripened seeds of the flax plant, and chrysanthemum, derived from the seeds of the flowers of the daisy. These ingredients are organic, GMO-free, biodegradable and recyclable.

Tones of Cool Bio is a patented cooling technology that stimulates the textile to dissipate redundant heat from the body and reduce body temperature. The PCMs used in Tones of Cool Bio are derived from sustainable, natural sources. They have the form of a crystalline wax or oily liquid and are 100 percent plant based. In addition, Tones of Cool Bio has a lower flammability than traditional paraffin-based PCMs.

Devan said sustainability has long been a focus for the Belgium-based company, even before it became an industry-wide concern. In 1995, the company launched Eco-flam, a halogen-free flame retardant. In 2001, it developed a masterbatch technology for in-yarn solutions and in 2010, it was considered the first company to introduce probiotics in textiles.