Textile firm Leigh Fibers has partnered with Tidal Imaginative and prescient, an organization which presents bio-friendly choices via proprietary formulation like these which end in elevated sturdiness, flame retardant efficiency and extra for textiles.
WELLFORD, S.C. – Textile firm Leigh Fibers, which makes textiles for the house furnishings trade, has partnered with Tidal Imaginative and prescient, an organization that makes use of seafood byproducts referred to as chitosan, to offer biostatic, hearth retardant, anti-odor properties and different efficiency choices to textiles.
Leigh Fibers is utilizing Tidal Imaginative and prescient’s new Tidal-Tex answer of water-based textile therapy which is utilized to textiles via a dip, spray or coating software to make sure the specified efficiency advantages for the material.
“Partnering with Tidal Imaginative and prescient is a win-win for our firm, our clients and the atmosphere,” stated Eric Westgate, Leigh Fibers. “Their Tidal-Tex product line delivers the important thing advantages that our clients search for in textiles at a cheaper price and is constituted of sustainable supplies within the USA.”
Tidal-Tex is a water-based textile therapy answer that’s formulated with a non-toxic, biodegradable biopolymer referred to as chitosan, the second most ample biopolymer within the phrase. It’s taken from the exoskeleton of crustaceans reminiscent of shrimp, clams and lobster. The chitosan bio-based remedies are then utilized to fibers, yarn, woven or nonwoven textiles.
“Our firm’s co-founders are from Juno, Alaska and have been industrial fishermen who appeared into discovering alternate makes use of for the trade by-products that have been being discarded,” stated Kari Ingalls, Tidal Imaginative and prescient director of textile enterprise growth. “They knew that making a sustainable product shouldn’t be a compromise on worth, comfort or efficiency. The product needed to be pretty much as good as or higher than artificial merchandise, which might be poisonous – with a view to acquire broad market adoption.”
Ingalls stated they’re now working to teach firms and customers about the advantages of bio-friendly, non-toxic efficiency materials. Each firms stated they’re wanting ahead to the optimistic affect their partnership could have on the textile trade and the atmosphere.
“Leigh Fibers is our superb accomplice since their mission, values and enterprise mannequin are so synergetic with ours,” stated Tidal Imaginative and prescient CEO Craig Kasberg. “Each of our firms produce sustainable options by upcycling byproducts that will in any other case find yourself in landfills, and thru vertical integration we offer excessive efficiency merchandise out of what was beforehand thought of waste.”
Tidal Imaginative and prescient is now opening a brand new 24,000-square-foot facility inside Leigh Fiber’s 1,000,000-square-foot headquarters in South Carolina.
“We’re at the moment getting our plant outfitted with their equipment,” stated Brian Tickle, Leigh Fibers key account govt. “We did the ribbon slicing in mid-July. We’ve been engaged on the partnership for 2 years and are enthusiastic about educating the general public about the advantages of those bio pleasant textile remedies.”