To increase access to bio-based textile treatments, Tidal Vision and Leigh Fibers will construct a production plant in the United States.
Tidal-Tex, Tidal Vision’s line of water-based textile treatment treatments, will be manufactured in the new factory in Wellford, South Carolina. Tidal-Tex is created with chitosan, a non-toxic, plentiful, and biodegradable biopolymer. Tidal Vision obtains, removes, and processes chitosan from crab and shrimp shells, which would otherwise be discarded by the seafood sector.
Bio-based textile treatments from Leigh Fibers The sustainable treatment is intended to replace synthetic treatments and is designed to be a “drop-in” solution that can be used with current textile manufacturing infrastructure. To achieve economies of scale in the centre of the United States, Tidal Vision will create a new 24,000-square-foot facility within Leigh Fiber’s 1,000,000-square-foot headquarters.
“Our proprietary lower-cost chitosan technology, combined with lower freight costs from our new facility, allows us to deliver our Tidal-Tex product line to textile manufacturers at a price point less than half of many heavy metal antimicrobials, such as silver and copper. This is the first time that fiber, yarn, and textile manufacturers have had an environmentally friendly option at a lower cost with equivalent or better performance,” said Kari Ingalls, director of textile business development at Tidal Vision.
According to Eric Westgate, SVP of Leigh Fibers, the relationship enhances the company’s commitment to sustainable innovation and reusing textiles for a cleaner, healthier globe. “Their Tidal-Tex product line provides the essential attributes that our clients seek in textiles at a lower price point and is created in the United States from sustainable materials,” he said.
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