The Curb logo.

Aiding the movement toward greater sustainability in the textile supply chain, Sciessent, a provider of antimicrobial and odor adsorption solutions for the textile and apparel industries, has introduced Curb, a new fluorocarbon-free durable water-repellent fabric finish.

Sciessent, based in Wakelfield, Mass., said Curb offers easily applied and affordably priced breathable protection from rain and moisture, delivering the same water-repellent performance as existing technologies without the use of fluorocarbons.

“We feel it is important to offer our partners a product that delivers performance, while also limiting the use of harmful chemicals,” said Paul Ford, chief executive officer of Sciessent. “Helping protect the environment is everyone’s responsibility and we’re happy to contribute where we can.”

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

Curb is also compatible with Sciessent’s Agion Active XL and Lava XL, two of the brand’s recently launched odor control technologies.

Agion antimicrobial solutions from Sciessent have been incorporated into a range of health care, industrial and consumer applications, including textiles and apparel, medical devices and water filters and ice-making equipment. Lava XL provides lasting performance against body odors and is used in challenging textile applications. The company said all its products are based on naturally occurring elements.

The antimicrobial and odor-resistant chemical field has grown in recent years thanks to technological advances and the call from brands, retailers and consumers for greater protections. As these products have been developed, they have generally adhered to sustainability standards, such as Curb’s nonfluorocarbon formula.

Sciessent customers include apparel brands REI, Adidas, Reebok and Skechers. The company is certified by Oeko-Tex Standard 100, the Global Organic Textile Standard and Bluesign.

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