a revolutionary new process
Today customers want to know what impact a product has on the environment, on the workers who manufacture it and on them as a customer. Sustainability has now become an important product feature.
EXP stands for “EX-Pollution”, or the avoidance of pollutants during the anti-felting treatment process. EXP is a revolutionary new process from the Schoeller Spinning Group that enables the wool to remain machine-washable without the use of chlorine. With the EXP treatment, also tumbler drying is possible now (Special knitting specifications and own tests are necessary). Schoeller has set a benchmark with this innovation and once again proven its commitment to ecological sustainability.
Wool fibre structure
Wool has a scaly surface, and as its fibres do not sit uniformly, they snag when they contact one another (1). A warm, humid environment increases this effect and the wool becomes felted. Wool is treated in order to prevent this from happening.
The conventional process previously used involves smoothing these scales and then coating the chlorinated wool fibres with a wash-resistant film (2). A substantial amount of AOX pollutant is released during this process. This results in environmental pollution and is directly attributable to the wool fibres. EXP completely avoids the use of chlorine and employs natural salts as an oxidization agent.
So you could say that EXP is a “revWOOLution” (3).
The EXP Process is certified by:
Thanks to the diverse spinning technology possibilities, there are almost no limits to the targeted development of classic or innovative yarns.
Effective against coronavirus
Treating PES textiles with Schoeller-Fresh can reduce viral load by up to 99%. The tested product is now verifiably effective against viruses (in accordance with ISO 18184:2019). Tests were conducted using a feline coronavirus possessing structures and mechanisms reminiscent of SARS-Cov2, thus facilitating inferences about Covid-19.
For many years Schoeller has been successfully applying Schoeller-Fresh to keep bacteria and other microbes from settling on products and to protect them against stain formation and unpleasant odors. It has now officially been proven effective against viruses. Fresh is a patented (by Sanitized®) ammonium silane-based technology.
Schoeller-Fresh is the perfect tool for an antiviral and anti bacteria treatment of protective textiles.
ISO 9001:2015 Quality management and r&d system
ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management system
ISO 50001 Energy management system
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
GOTS ensures the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling, in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer. CSR criteria according to the ILO conventions and animal welfare are an important focus. Mulesing is totally forbidden since standard version 6.0. GOTS requires and defines amounts of natural and organic material in textile products. The identification and verifying of the organic content in textile products along the entire chain of custody is crucial. The Standard defines and uphold restrictions in the use of chemicals and environmental requirements.
Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)
Main focus of RWS is the animal welfare based on the five freedoms for farm animals (e.g. no mulesing). RWS is preserving land health with progessive methods of soil management. The standard supplies the chain transparency with an integrated traceability system.
International Association of Natural Textile Industry (IVN certified BEST)
For IVN Best only organic materials are allowed as raw material for textile production. Traceability and identification of organic material through complete chain-of-custody, based on GOTS are mandatory. Defined very strict chemical restrictions and residue allowances. Strict social and environmental practices and requirements are defined
Main focus of Nativa is the animal welfare based on the five freedoms for farm animals (e.g. no mulesing). The standard is owned by Chargeur group. The certified wool is sheard from sheep graze in the lush meadows, for example Patagonia and enjoy their freedom under the careful care of selected farmers. Tracability could be guaranteed by the innovative blockchain technology along th whole production chain.
Machine washable, Total easy care, chlorinefree, AOX-free, Bluesign, EU flower and G.O.T.S. possible
Sun reflector / UV protector
Anti bacterial and anti virus effect, odour retardant
„Anti-Mosquito“ is effective against Mosquitos, Ticks, Fleas and Lice
Innovative self-cleansing technology, no separate steaming necessary
Flame retardant fiber
High visibility and luminous colours offer new possibilities in flat-knitting
Vitamin E+ protects and regenerates the skin, it can neutralize free radicals and reduces oxidative stress of the skin
Treatment against moth damage
Oil, water and stain resistan