ECOFAST™ Pure Sustainable Textile Treatment
Achieve unique, brighter colors on cotton textiles while reducing water, energy, dye and chemical use
Unique, Brighter Colors.
More Sustainable Operations.
The resource intensity of cotton apparel throughout its lifecycle is a sustainability challenge that’s top of mind in the textile industry. Dow’s ECOFAST™ Pure Sustainable Textile Treatment is a breakthrough technology that helps to address these challenges, including more efficient water and energy management.
ECOFAST Pure offers breakthrough advantages to help solve these challenges. Dow’s technology meets the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme standards and can decrease chemical use by up to 90 percent in the cotton dyeing process. With enhanced dye uptake, less required rinses and reduced cycle time, dyeing with ECOFAST Pure uses up to 50 percent less dye and water to achieve the same shade. This resource efficiency is made possible without the odor constraints of previous cationic cotton and water temperature constraints of typical dyeing processes, contributing to less overall energy use.
While addressing these significant sustainability and operational efficiency challenges, ECOFAST Pure enables stronger dye performance for brighter, bolder and longer lasting colors. Dow’s patented technology also allows for the uptake of acid dye on cotton, which delivers a wide range of unique colors that were unavailable until now.
*All samples received 4% acid dye loading.
Advantages of ECOFAST Pure
- Access to acid dyes on cotton textiles
- Enhanced or comparable light and wash fastness
- Less dye, effluent salt, fixing agents and additives when dyeing
- Decreased water use through enhanced dye exhaustion
- Reduced energy use with room temperature dye baths
- Less lead time and inventory with dyeing on-demand
About ECOFAST Pure Technology
ECOFAST Pure is a pretreatment applied before the dyeing process to produce cationic cotton. Cotton modified with ECOFAST Pure acquires a permanent positive charge, enabling it to have a higher affinity for negatively charged molecules, such as dyes.
This patented technology is compatible with reactive, direct and acid dyes and is optimized by pretreating cotton through pad application followed by typical dyeing methods. Textiles treated with ECOFAST Pure include knit and woven fabric, denim and garments.