Dow Silvadur Finish Gets Certification

Dow Microbial Control, a global business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, has announced its patented anti-microbial technology for textiles and apparel called Dow Silvadur Antimicrobials has been certified by the Bluesign system. The Collegeville, Pennsylvania-based company says this is an important indication to manufacturers of the technology’s safety.

Silvadur is a fabric finish that can be used on ticking. It is applied either through padding, exhaustion or spray methods.

Managed by St. Gallen, Switzerland-based Bluesign Technologies AG, the Bluesign system is a solution for a sustainable textile production. According to its website, the system “eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production.”

The Bluesign system unites members of the entire textile supply chain — including Dow — to reduce global impact. On-site inspections verify that chemical products are properly applied in controlled processes. In joining the network, chemical manufacturer members agree to improve performance in five areas of their production processes: air emissions, consumer safety, occupational health and safety, resource productivity, and water emissions.

“Dow is dedicated to helping lead the transition to a sustainable society and planet and setting a higher bar for social and environmental progress,” said Karel Williams, textiles business segment director for Dow Microbial Control. “Being a Bluesign partner is one of many steps we are taking to assure textile and apparel manufacturers and brands — as well as their engaged customers — that products treated with Silvadur do not compromise human health or harm the environment.”

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