Alchemie partners with HeiQ for odour control textile finishing

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Alchemie partners with HeiQ for odour control textile finishing
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New HeiQ Life peppermint odour-preventing treatment applied with groundbreaking Novara single-sided digital process.

For their further sustainable textile finishing partnership, Alchemie Technology and HeiQ are enabling a step-change in odour preventing textile finishing.

Alchemie partners with HeiQ for odour control textile finishing
Figure: HeiQ has launched HeiQ Life, a renewable source peppermint oil-derived textile technology to control malodour development on textiles.

HeiQ Life botanical odour control, applied using Novara digital finishing technology, uses 84% less energy and 92% less water to add sustainable and durable odour control to fabrics.

Alchemie Technology, experts in low energy, digital dyeing and finishing technology, partnered with HeiQ, the leader in textile innovation, in 2021 to bring sustainable, effective technology to manufacturers across the world and reduce the cost and environmental impact of textile finishing.

Now, HeiQ has launched HeiQ Life, a renewable source peppermint oil-derived textile technology to control malodour development on textiles.

HeiQ Life imparts fabrics with a long-lasting odour control capability. Thanks to the use of peppermint oil as the active ingredient, the source of body odours are tackled that odour causing bacteria are inhibited from growth on the textile surface to keep garments fresh, clean, and comfortable.

HeiQ Life is especially suitable for apparel such as sportswear, base layers, linings, intimates, hosiery, casual and business wear, but is also designed for home textiles. HeiQ Life can be used on all textiles and is compatible with other finishes, including fabric softeners and wicking agents. It is durable for up to 50 washes.

Alchemie Technology is on a mission to stop 500 million tons of total global CO2 emissions being produced by the fashion and textile industry by 2030, by providing manufacturers with more sustainable solutions.

Dr. Simon Kew, Managing Director of Alchemie Technology said, “Consumers are all too aware of the need to improve sustainability, but brands and manufacturers need to lead the change and invest in more sustainable textile production methods.”

Annually, approximately 1 million tonnes of chemicals are used for applying functional finishes to apparel and home textiles. The textile industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet, yet it is also one that can achieve the biggest and quickest amount of change, he added.

Also, Alchemie’s low energy, digital finishing technology, together with HeiQ’s plant-based odour control, delivers high performance sustainable finishing which dramatically reduces energy, water, and environmental impact, while also reducing production costs.”

Their motive for achieving the ultimate in sustainability took a big step in the right direction with Alchemie Technology.

Consumers typically wash apparel when they smell. Odor-free textiles will be laundered less frequently thereby using less resources as washing represents >30% of the environmental footprint of a garment’s lifetime.

Carlo Centonze, co-founder and CEO of HeiQ said, “With HeiQ Life odor-preventing plant-based ingredient, consumers can wash less and wear more frequently and its application to textiles using Alchemie’s Novara energy saving finishing process takes the sustainability of treated textiles to the next level. We look forward to our fellow humans smelling fresh throughout the day with good conscience.”