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Huntsman launches water repellent synthetic textiles

Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced the new Phobotex RSY non-fluorinated durable water repellent (DWR) that raises the standard for repellency especially on high-performance synthetic textiles. This new product will allow brands and retailers to meet the global demand for eco-friendly clothing that requires extreme rain- and stain- protection.

Phobotex RSY durable water repellent raises the bar for performance on synthetics, allowing brands to offer high-performance weather protection to outdoor enthusiasts with an assurance of eco-friendly sustainability. It is an environmentally friendly, non-fluorinated formulation that customers and global brands can rely on to produce sustainable textile products without compromising performance.

The DWR repulses rain, sleet and snow and performs well on synthetics and blends. It is ideal for high-performance outerwear fabrics, offering breathable comfort and durable water repellence. Fabrics treated with Phobotex also repel stains, so they stay looking new for longer and can be easily spot cleaned.

Working closely with mills, Huntsman Textile Effects is a leader in textile dyes and chemicals. It is in the van of the textile sector’s transition to more sustainable and eco-friendly business models. The market for outdoor apparel is growing worldwide, and customers expect comfort and high-performance protection.

The industry is shifting away from traditional formulations based on per-fluorinated chemicals due to environmental health and safety concerns.