HeiQ launches HeiQ Mint, a plant-based, proprietary textile technology for odor control; HeiQ Mint reduces need for frequent clothes washing, is OEKO-TEX suited, bluesign approved, ZDHC compliant, has USDA bio-preferred certification in progress

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ZURICH, Switzerland , November 23, 2022 (press release) –

HeiQ announces the launch of a biobased, proprietary textile technology, HeiQ Mint, providing effective and lasting freshness for clothing and home textiles. The new technology meets the need for washing clothes less frequently, keeping them fresh for longer.

HeiQ takes advantage of its presence at ISPO Munich 2022, 28th-30th of November, to launch HeiQ Mint, the new proprietary odor control technology. It is plant-based and designed to make textiles smell fresh even if we use them repeatedly, avoiding the need for frequent washes, thus enabling to save water and energy.

HeiQ Fresh MNT-01, under the HeiQ Mint product family, jointly developed with Patagonia, addresses body odors on textiles and regenerates at every wash, with superior efficiency and durability that meets most end-use performance requirements, while keeping all the fabric properties such as breathability, hand feel, or wicking. This textile technology is OEKO-TEX® suited, bluesign approved, and ZDHC compliant, with a USDA bio-preferred certification in progress.

The product development tests were highly demanding, with HeiQ Mint standing out in comparison to the other two tested solutions. According to Laura Hoch, Patagonia’s Materials Innovation Engineer, “out of all the anti-odor technologies we tested, HeiQ Mint provided the highest odor control performance, with the added benefit of being plant-based. This innovation enables Patagonia to deliver our customers high-performing products made with the best available chemistry.”

Another advantage of HeiQ Mint is the ability to be applied and marketed worldwide, without the need for biocidal declaration on product labels, since it is based on a blend of essential mint oils and naturally derived deodorizing ingredients. HeiQ Mint is just Fresh by Nature.

It is ideal for next-to-skin products like sports apparel, underwear, linings, casual and business wear but also home textiles such as bed linen, pillow fabrics, or mattress textiles, both on cellulosic and synthetic fibers.

No more smelly socks or shirts

Human sweat is inherently natural to all of us, but it charges a heavy toll on our noses. Sometimes we use a shirt or a pair of socks only once and must toss them into the washing machine because they are way too malodorous to be used again without fear of “social death”.

HeiQ is conscious of the increasing demand of society for better use of finite and expensive resources such as water and energy, and HeiQ Mint is the latest of our sustainable technologies that enable everyone to be in tune with such a welcome trend. Fewer washes also mean fewer laundry products and fibers thrown into the environment and more durable textile products.

This textile innovation will be displayed by HeiQ at Hall C2 – Booth 502, at ISPO Munich 2022, in Germany, from 28th to the 30th of November.

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