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Sciessent® & BigSky Technologies Join Hands to Offer a High Performance Environmentally Responsible Textile Finish

Published on 2011-07-06. Author : SpecialChem

CHICAGO, Ill. NeoCon -- From the halls of NeoCon, North America's largest design exposition and conference, Sciessent and BigSky Technologies LLC announce their partnership to provide a textile finish for furnishings that combats the challenges found in high traffic areas. The new finish, GreenShield with Agion, delivers stain and water resistance along with built in antimicrobial protection that prevents mold, mildew, odor and destructive microbes from residing on the fabric's surface. In addition to its high performance, the new finish offers the utmost in environmentally sustainable design, as GreenShield offers 6 to 10 times less fluorocarbons than alternatives.

Through the principle of micro-roughness, GreenShield reduces the use of fluorochemicals on fabrics. Undetectable to human touch, the microscopic surface roughness of GreenShield allows water and oil to roll off the surface of the fabric resulting in water and oil repellency and stain resistance. When combined with Agion silver ion technology the treated fabric also minimizes the impact of odor causing bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi throughout the textile. GreenShield with Agion is non-leaching and specifically formulated to be effective for the useful life of the treated fabric. Both technologies are Cradle to Cradle Certified.

"We are proud to partner with Sciessent to offer designers and manufacturers an environmentally friendly fabric built to endure the constant barrage of odor causing bacteria and stains found on textile surface in high use environments," said Cathy Fleischer , managing director of Big Sky Technologies. "This partnership provides the best of both of our technologies, stain resistance and antimicrobial product protection, with zero compromise. With sustainability and a need for greener living at the forefront of interior design, we look forward to bringing this new finish to the marketplace."

The GreenShield finish with Agion antimicrobial technology is ideal for furnishings that are exposed to high contact where potential staining and microbial growth is an issue. Such areas include healthcare facilities, hospitality, restaurant, office and schools. The GreenShield finish with Agion can also be used in outdoor textile application including furniture cushions, carpets and upholstery.

About Sciessent

Sciessent, located in Wakefield, Mass., is one of the leader in providing customized solutions that enhance the value of partners' products. Sciessent's Agion and Agion Active brands are based on silver and other naturally occurring elements and have been incorporated into a wide range of consumer, industrial and healthcare products, including cell phones, shoes, keyboards, water filters, medical catheters and ice machines. Sciessent's customers include many leading brands such as Dell, Motorola, Columbia, Adidas, PPG, Carrier and DuPont.

About Big Sky Technologies LLC

BigSky Technologies LLC, based in Rochester, NY, is a materials science company that manufactures textile finishes inspired by Nature. The company develops cost-effective solutions for the coatings, fabrics, and composites industries using sustainable manufacturing processes and reducing or eliminating use of harmful chemicals. BigSky Technologies LLC produces GreenShield®, an environmentally friendly stain-resistant fabric finish.

Source: Sciessent

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