April 22, 2024
Dyes & Chemicals

B&O Refining PFAS-Free Water Repellents Ahead Of New Rules

The R&D team at Bolger & O’Hearn is developing and refining its line of powerful PFAS-Free, durable water repellents ahead of new regulations being implemented from January 1, 2025.

“The new regulations will restrict the sale of consumer goods containing PFAS chemistries and our PFAS-free DWR’s have many of the same repellent characteristics as a C6,” the US company said in a press release.

But those from B&O have been continually evaluated and refined to bring safer, greener repellent chemistries to the global textile supply chain that do not sacrifice performance.

B&O is a Bluesign partner, and many of its chemistries are on the ZDHC list of approved chemistries for the environment for the textiles, apparel, and outdoor upholstery markets.

In addition to being PFAS-free, Shell-Tech Free M325 SC1 contains no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and also does not contain wax.

It has been formulated to prevent build up on pad rolls, which makes this DWR easy to apply in the mill.

B&O fluorine-free repellent has a high spray rating for synthetics, nylon blends and cotton rich fabrics as well as polyester/lycra blends and cotton polyester blends.

Regarding durability, Shell-Tech Free M325 SC1 is unique in that it can hold a high spray rating through 50 wash cycles and is highly recommended for heavy cotton denim fabrics.

Shell-Tech Free M325 SC1 can also be foam finished on fabrics and is highly effective even at low pad-bath concentrations and exhibits low-temperature cure benefits.

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