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Updated HeiQ Fresh product portfolio: new family name and sustainable products to embrace freshness with less silver (1/29/19)
Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches new products to their HeiQ Fresh product family for a full
range of odor control technologies, from silver-free to recycled silver salt options.
HeiQ recently upgraded its family of odor control technologies with new products and the new name
of HeiQ Fresh. This technology family of products now offers both silver-free and less-silver odor
control options. HeiQ offers these new odor control solutions for those brands looking to reduce or
remove silver usage from their products. All products in the HeiQ Fresh family are bluesign®
approved or in the approval process.
HeiQ Fresh FFL is a bio-based amino sugar polymer that is silver-free and not an antimicrobial.
There are five precursors that need to form on textiles to cause sweat odor – bacteria, warmth, fat
and protein from sweat, moisture and the textile surface. By removing one of these items, the sweat
odor is eliminated. HeiQ Fresh FFL removes the fat and protein from sweat, thereby eliminating the
ability of the bacteria to grow. This amino sugar polymer also binds to the fiber, which allows odor
to be easily washed off at low temperature and prevents permastink. With HeiQ Fresh FFL, brands get
a silver-free odor control that is not a biocide but still preserves the fabrics freshness.
HeiQ Pure SPQR is a 90% bio-based option for odor control that works with a minimal amount of
recycled silver. Similar to HeiQ Fresh FFL, HeiQ Pure SPQR removes two of the five precursors needed
to cause sweat odor – fat and protein from sweat as well as bacteria. HeiQ Pure SPQR still passes the
traditional antimicrobial tests. With HeiQ Pure SPQR brands get more freshness with less silver.
“Embrace freshness – humans are among the most social of animals and wish to be close to each
other. Body odor on our clothes or home fabrics prevents us from close gathering” says Christian
von Uthmann, Chief Sales Officer at HeiQ Materials AG. “We are excited to offer less-silver and
silver-free options to our HeiQ Fresh family” continues von Uthmann. “These options are more
sustainable and work just as well to control odor as the traditional silver salt options currently on the
HeiQ also offers various odor control test methods for each of its HeiQ Fresh products, from proof of
concept tests to proof of application tests.
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