OrganoTex® made by 7-up bottles collected by Taiwanese buddhist charity foundation shown at Almedalen
At the seminar, ”The world’s most sustainable catwalk” in Swedish Almedalen a taylor made garment made of the water repellent and fluorocarbon-free fabric OrganoTex® was presented. The material was made of recycled polyester from 7-up bottles collected by the Buddhist charity organization Tzu Chi Foundation in Taiwan.
Water repellent treatments (so called DWR’s) for textiles and garments contain almost always fluorocarbons, a group of chemicals that are bio-accumulative and can cause cancer and are hormone disturbing. The Swedish clean-tech company OrganoClick has developed an alternative DWR-technology free from fluorocarbons which only contains non-harmful substances which are biodegradable. At Almedalen, during the seminar, “The world’s most sustainable catwalk”, an OrganoTex®-treated garment designed by Karolina Nilsson was presented.
“By using biodegradable and non-toxic chemistry in our products we can be sure that we don´t cause any environmental problems which the long-chain fluorocarbons do”, says Mr. Robin Grankvist, Business Area Manager for Performance textiles & nonwoven at OrganoClick.
The new fluorocarbon-free technology has been developed by OrganoClick´s scientists and in January 2014 it was implemented in factories at Chang-Ho Fibers, a Taiwanese textile producer. Since then about 100 textiles has been developed which are water repellent and free from fluorocarbons. Filippa K was the first fashion brand to start use OrganoClick’s technology in its collection in February 2015.
The taylor-made garment shown in Almedalen is made from recycled polyester made by OrganoClick´s Taiwanese partner Chang-Ho Fibers. The raw-material for the fabric originates from 7-up bottles collected by the Buddhist charity organization Tzu Chi Foundation in Taiwan. The fabric is undyed and thereby the original green color of the 7-up bottle has been preserved which saves great amount of chemicals, water and energy during the manufacturing process. The garment has been developed in a collaboration between OrganoClick, Chang-Ho Fibers, the Textile University of Borås and TEKO.
“We are very proud to present such a well-designed sustainable garment that combines sustainable chemistry, recycled raw-material and savings in energy. In particular it’s nice that the collection of bottles is for charity through the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation”, comments Mårten Hellberg, CEO of OrganoClick.
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Robin Grankvist, Business Area Manager Performance textiles & nonwoven OrganoClick
OrganoClick AB (publ) is a public Swedish cleantech company listed on Nasdaq First North. The company develops, produces and markets functional materials based on environmentally friendly fiber chemistry. Examples of products that are marketed by OrganoClick are the water repellent fabric treatment OrganoTex®, the flame and rot-resistant timber OrganoWood® and biocomposite materials. OrganoClick was founded in 2006 as a commercial spin-off company based on research performed at Stockholm University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences within environmentally friendly fiber chemistry. OrganoClick has won a number of prizes, such as "Sweden's Most Promising Start-up" and "Sweden's Best Environmental Innovation", and has also received a number of awards, such as the WWF "Climate Solver" award and has also appeared for two years on the Affärsvärldens and NyTekniks list of Sweden's top 33 hottest technology companies. OrganoClick has its head office, production and R&D located in Täby, north of Stockholm. OrganoClick's Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North is Pareto Securities AB.