Singapore-based chemical maker Huntsman Textile Effects and the Chemours Company FC LLC, a subsidiary of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company Inc., introduce ZELAN® R3, a renewably sourced, non-fluorinated water-repellent finish. Based on a new technology from Del.-based Chemours, the product is the industry’s only currently available, renewably sourced water-repellent treatment.
ZELAN® R3 contains 63 percent renewably sourced content derived from a variety of plant-based sources from non-genetically modified (non-GMO) and non-food-source feedstock. It also complies with OEKO-TEX®, Standard 100 requirements and is compliant with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Joint Roadmap Manufacturers Restricted Substance List (MRSL).
The product repels water and common water-based liquids, such as fruit juice, coffee and red wine, and performs on a variety of fabrics, including cotton, synthetics and blends.
Huntsman Textile Effects will provide technical support, recipe recommendations and application guidance to help mills and finishers use ZELAN® R3 finish. The treatment is applied by padding at loading levels comparable or lower than other typical repellent finishes and can be combined with PHOBOL® XAN Extender to further boost wash durability.
Brands and retailers that have ZELAN® R3-finished fabrics which meet durable water repellency (DWR) performance levels can obtain a Trademark Licensing Agreement from Chemours allowing them to use the Teflon EcoElite™ brand in promotion of their products.