PurThread textile fiber production audited by bluesign regarding environmental, ethical and workplace safety aspects and achieved bluesign® system partner status
DURHAM, NC – October 1, 2013 – The award-winning life science and high-performance fabric company PurThread Technologies is proud to announce that it has fully completed the process to be officially designated a bluesign system partner. This elite status ensures manufacturers, consumers and retailers alike that PurThread acts as a responsible part of the textile supply chain and works to continuously improve environmental performance, with a focus on a sustainable future. The bluesign system partner status signifies the high-performance textile technology with antimicrobial properties found in PurThread’s medical linens, apparel and home goods meets the strict safety and environmental requirements of the complete suite of bluesign criteria.
“It’s a true honor for us to achieve bluesign system partner status,” said PurThread CEO Lisa Grimes. “In addition to developing apparel and soft surface technology that is scientifically-proven to work, we are dedicated to the utmost standards of sustainability, making the guidelines set forth by the bluesign system a natural progression of our commitment to excellence and to corporate social responsibility.”
In the PurThread award-winning process, each fiber is integrated with a proprietary antimicrobial agent when the polymer is molten. This provides an even distribution of the technology that is neither a topical coating nor a coated standard fiber. This leads to a flexible fiber that can be blended well into multiple yarn combinations and is able to be easily dyed a multitude of colors, while keeping fabrics that include PurThread fibers soft and pliable. Due to this incorporation into the fiber in a raw state, the antimicrobial agent is both non-leaching and able to retain its efficacy through launderings and repeated wear.
The fiber is used in PurThread’s clinically-researched medical apparel and linens and also in the company’s anti-odor sportswear brand PurThread Sport. Additionally, PurThread partners with leading companies for end uses where its technology adds value, such as in military, first responder, industrial and home applications.
bluesign system partners are committed to applying the bluesign system which unites the entire textile supply chain to jointly reduce its impact on people and the environment. The Input Stream Management ensures that approved products and raw materials are used in all steps of the manufacturing process, and are audited on a regular basis.
PurThreadTM Technologies Inc., an emerging leader in antimicrobial textile technology and scientific research, is dedicated to developing continuously active soft surfaces that show a measurable difference in reducing bioburden in clinical environments. PurThread products range from healthcare textiles, such as privacy curtains, lab coats, scrubs, blankets, and sheets, to an array of freshness products for other markets such as the military, emergency first responders and performance athletic wear. PurThread products incorporate an EPA-registered antimicrobial that protects the fabric from the effects of microbial contamination and reduces odor-causing bacteria, mold, mildew and fungus. The EPA has not yet reviewed any public health claims for PurThread products. PurThread fibers and fabrics are 100% Made in the USA. More information can be found at www.purthread.com.
About bluesign technologies
Swiss-based bluesign technologies ag was founded in 2000. Since then, the bluesign® system has been adopted by worldwide leading textile manufacturers. Various significant key players of the chemical and machine industry apply the bluesign® system. Well-known brands of the sportswear and fashion industry rely on the extensive knowledge of bluesign technologies. SGS holds a stake of 80% in bluesign technologies ag. For more information, visit www.bluesign.com.