A 100% biobased, proprietary textile technology has been launched by HeiQ which aims to improve the lives of all who suffer from allergies. This technology reduces inanimate allergens, e.g. house dust mite matter and pet allergens, and can be easily added in the finishing stage of the manufacturing process of textiles for bedding and furniture purposes.
Allergies are one of the most prevalent health problems in the world, estimated to affect about 40% of the global population. Building upon its tested and proven, proprietary Synbio ingredient, HeiQ Materials AG, Zurich/Switzerland, is now launching HeiQ Allergen Tech, a new textile finish for home textiles, and textiles used for furniture and public transportation. The 100% biobased technology creates an invisible protective layer that lasts at least 20 washing cycles and beyond according to performed tests. Its main advantage is cutting down the proliferation of allergens and creating conditions for reducing the health threats they pose.
One of the unsuspicious settings where these allergens are most present is in bedrooms, mainly through accumulation in the sheets and other bedding items.
During sleep and when beds are made, these allergens are inadvertently launched into the air and people end up breathing in a high number of them, causing respiratory, skin, and ocular problems, just to name a few. Even just sleeping means that the body and airways are exposed between 6-8 hours each night, which is considered to be a long exposure.
The proprietary HeiQ Allergen Tech achieves a notable reduction of allergens that can become airborne in living and sleep environments. It has a full biologic origin and utilizes the natural process of probiotic colonization on the textile surface to effectively reduce inanimate allergens. Several tests have proven the high effectiveness of HeiQ Allergen Tech in reducing the levels of house dust mite matter (96.6%), allergens from dog hair (76.5%) and cat hair (83.6%), keeping a durable effect even after frequent washing. This technology becomes even more helpful when applied to furniture textiles such as sofas or public transportation seats, which are more difficult to wash or sanitize.