Archroma announced the launch of Earth Soft, a softening system for textile and fashion applications, based on Archroma’s vegan silicone softener, Siligen EH1, with 35% plant-based active content.
Archroma’s plant-based range features EarthColors dyes and Appretan NTR binders in addition to Siligen EH1 as alternatives offered to manufacturers and brands looking to reduce the use of fossil fuel based ingredients.
The range has been developed in line with the principles of “The Archroma Way to a sustainable world: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature.” More than 35% of the Siligen EH1 softener’s active content is based on plant-based, renewable raw materials. In addition, the product features 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 bioaccumulative properties.
Siligen EH1 is suitable for woven and knitted articles, and products such as shirts, underwear, sportswear, towels, bed sheets. It can be applied by padding process, as well as by exhaust process and it can be used on white articles and those treated with optical brighteners.
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.