Dow Microbial Control has joined the Bluesign system, a network of leading companies serving textile and apparel markets around the world. The Bluesign system is managed by Swiss-based Bluesign Technologies, which works with the supply chain to ensure that textile and apparel products, and the chemicals, processes and materials used to make them, are safe for consumers, workers and the environment.

By joining the Bluesign system, Dow said it is taking an important step to assure textile and apparel manufacturers and brands, and their customers, that products treated with Silvadur do not compromise human health or harm the environment. Dow said its commitment to Bluesign is also part of its commitment to help the transition to a sustainable society and planet.

Silvadur antimicrobial technology prevents bacteria from forming or growing, ensuring that unpleasant odors, decay and discoloration can’t occur in textile fabrics, providing long-lasting freshness and reliable protection against unwanted bacteria in apparel, home textiles and industrial fabrics.

Silvadur is part of a range of antimicrobial additives produced for use in the textile industry by Dow Microbial Control, a division of Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co., which had sales of $58.2 billion in fiscal 2014.

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