Leigh Fibers new partnership results in bio-friendly efficiency materials
Textile firm Leigh Fibers has partnered with Tidal Imaginative and prescient, an organization which presents bio-friendly choices via 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 trade, has partnered with Tidal Imaginative and prescient, an organization that makes use of seafood byproducts referred to as chitosan, to offer biostatic, fireplace retardant, anti-odor properties and different efficiency choices to textiles.
Leigh Fibers is utilizing Tidal Imaginative and prescient’s new Tidal-Tex resolution of water-based textile remedy which is utilized to textiles via a dip, spray or coating utility 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 setting,” stated 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 comprised of sustainable supplies within the USA.”
Tidal-Tex is a water-based textile remedy resolution 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 comparable to shrimp, clams and lobster. The chitosan bio-based therapies are then utilized to fibers, yarn, woven or nonwoven textiles.
“Our firm’s co-founders are from Juno, Alaska and had been business fishermen who appeared into discovering alternate makes use of for the trade by-products that had been being discarded,” stated 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 nearly as good as or higher than artificial merchandise, which will be poisonous – with a purpose to acquire broad market adoption.”
Ingalls stated they’re now working to coach firms and customers about the advantages of bio-friendly, non-toxic efficiency materials. Each firms stated they’re trying ahead to the constructive affect their partnership can have on the textile trade and the setting.
“Leigh Fibers is our perfect 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 may 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 presently getting our plant outfitted with their equipment,” stated Brian Tickle, Leigh Fibers key account government. “We did the ribbon reducing 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 therapies.”