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Sciessent, a provider of antimicrobial and odor adsorption solutions for the textile and apparel industries, has extended its partnership with Bluesign systems for their fluorocarbon-free durable water-repellent Curb, joining its odor-adsorbing Lava technology on a growing list of Bluesign-approved products.

Bluesign approval underscores Sciessent’s commitment to environmental sustainability and, for 16 years, Bluesign has represented the benchmark for sustainable textile production. Their approach sets and controls standards for environmentally friendly and safe production methods, helping remove harmful substances and practices from the manufacturing process.

“The creation of environmentally friendly, sustainable and responsible products is a core mission for Sciessent,” said Paul Ford, chief executive officer of Wakefield, Mass.-based Sciessent. “We are driven to minimize our environmental impact within the textile industry and help encourage sustainable practices in the future.”

Sciessent’s Curb is able to easily, effectively and affordably provide enhanced, breathable protection from rain and moisture. Curb delivers the same water-repellent performance as existing technologies without the use of harmful fluorocarbons.

Similar to other DWR treatments, Curb gives textiles a functional finish that adds water-shedding properties to outerwear, causing droplets to bead and roll off the surface while maintaining permeability to air and water vapor, the company explained. Curb-treated garments stay dry longer and get dry faster than untreated garments helping to extend the life of the garment.

Textile manufacturers who become Bluesign system partners agree to establish and follow management systems for improving environmental performance in five key areas of the production process: resource productivity, consumer safety, water emissions, air emissions and occupational health and safety.

Curb is also compatible with Sciessent’s Agion Active XL, Lava and Lava XL odor control technologies.

Sciessent is a leading provider of customized antimicrobial solutions that enhance the value of customers’ products. Agion antimicrobial solutions from Sciessent have been incorporated into a wide range of consumer applications, including textiles and apparel, as well as health-care and industrial products. Sciessent customers include REI, Adidas, Reebok and Skechers.

The Bluesign system sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide, but also provides confidence to the consumer to acquire a sustainable product.