A new softening system for textile and apparel applications based on a vegan silicone softener has been launched by Archroma. The new product, Earth Soft, is based on Siligen EH1, which has a plant-based active content.
More than 35% of the Siligen EH1 softener's active content is based on plant-based, renewable raw materials. In addition, the product features ultra-low cyclic siloxanes (D4, D5, D6) which are classified by the European Chemicals Agency as “Substances of Very High Concern” due to their very persistent and bio-accumulative properties.
Siligen EH1 is ideally suited for shirts, underwear, sportswear, towels, bed sheets, etc. as it provides very good wearing comfort by supporting a good moisture transportation and delivering a smooth and soft touch. The new softener, and the Earth Soft system which also includes a Hydroperm wicking agent to boost hydrophilic properties on synthetic and blended fibers, can be applied on all natural and synthetic textile fibers. It is suitable for both woven and knitted articles and can be applied by padding process, as well as by exhaust process as it shows a very good shear stability and a low foaming profile. It can be used on white articles and those treated with optical brighteners, as it causes neither thermo-migration nor phenolic yellowing.
Siligen EH1 is the latest addition in the plant-based innovations developed by specialty chemicals producer Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, in recent years, such as EarthColors dyes and Appretan NTR binders, as alternatives offered to manufacturers and brands looking to reduce the use of fossil fuel-based ingredients without compromising performance.