The Italian company Codyeco – in line with the sustainability policy of the Dutch group Smit & Zoon to which it belongs – committed itself to eliminate the use of PFC (perfluorocarbon) based components from its product portfolio by 2020. And so it is happening.
As is known, PFCs have been used for a long time to impart water-repellent properties to the leather. In organic chemistry the bond strength between carbon and fluorine is the strongest we can find, but this is also the reason why PFCs are so persistent and bio-accumulative in the environment. Furthermore, PFCs have also been identified as hepatotoxic, toxic for reproduction and carcinogenic substances.
Replacing chemicals, especially when it comes to high-performance products, is extremely complex and requires a team of experts with diverse skills. Now the turning point. “After many months of intense research – explains Codyeco – we were able to produce a water-based water repellent. We proudly present AGUASTOP W 200. A truly innovative product, the result of an interaction between material science technology and special functional polysiloxanes that has allowed us to design a PFC-free product”.
Articles in water repellent leather
The new water-based product offers protection from water and dirt in a more sustainable way, explains furthermore Codyeco. “All the application tests conducted in their laboratories have shown that AGUASTOP W 200 provides high performance water repellency results that are in line with current PFC technology, but with a very important difference and namely that AGUASTOP W 200 has no negative impact on the environment”.
The product therefore appears ideal for giving water repellency to all leather items, from shoes to bags to gloves, and is also perfect in combination with other anti-soiling products for upholstery. “Treated with AGUASTOP W 200, the leather article has a much longer life and therefore significantly reduces the environmental footprint of the final product” concludes Codyeco.
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