Leigh Fibers new partnership results in bio-friendly efficiency materials
Textile firm Leigh Fibers has partnered with Tidal Imaginative and prescient, an organization which gives bio-friendly choices by way of proprietary formulation like these which lead to elevated sturdiness, flame retardant efficiency and extra for textiles.
WELLFORD, S.C. – Textile firm Leigh Fibers, which makes textiles for the house furnishings business, has partnered with Tidal Imaginative and prescient, an organization that makes use of seafood byproducts referred to as chitosan, to supply biostatic, fireplace 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 by way of 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 prospects and the surroundings,” mentioned Eric Westgate, Leigh Fibers. “Their Tidal-Tex product line delivers the important thing advantages that our prospects search for in textiles at a cheaper price and is constructed from 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 considerable 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 business fishermen who regarded into discovering alternate makes use of for the business by-products that have been being discarded,” mentioned Kari Ingalls, Tidal Imaginative and prescient director of textile enterprise improvement. “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 could be poisonous – to be able to achieve broad market adoption.”
Ingalls mentioned they’re now working to teach firms and shoppers about the advantages of bio-friendly, non-toxic efficiency materials. Each firms mentioned they’re wanting ahead to the constructive affect their partnership could have on the textile business and the surroundings.
“Leigh Fibers is our splendid associate since their mission, values and enterprise mannequin are so synergetic with ours,” mentioned 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-about 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 present getting our plant outfitted with their equipment,” mentioned 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.”