Crypton Reduces Fluorine Use to 0.1% or Less

The process is tested and certified using test method AATCC189.

02/28/2020
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Stacy Garcia for Crypton Home
Stacy Garcia for Crypton Home

Crypton, a provider of performance fabric technologies in the contract and residential furnishings markets announces the refinement of their process for Crypton to possess 0.1% or less total fluorine — tested and certified using test method AATCC189.

The company promises best in environmental practices, upholding its commitment to continuously innovate to produce the highest quality fabric technology with the absolute lowest environmental impact.

“Our chemistry and philosophy have always focused and performance sustainability. It’s part of our DNA. Crypton was created to be the highest performing fabric in high traffic areas, one that by nature of its performance, extends its useful life. This latest breakthrough is indicative of our ongoing evolution and continued dedication,” says Crypton CEO, Lance Keziah. “And it does not stop here.”

Crypton’s formula was informed by knowledge gained from Crypton’s C-Zero (fluorine-free) technology. Sharing formulations across technologies, enabled Crypton to evolve its core product to not only boast less chemistry, but better performance. More performance for less means: less chemistry, more repellency, better stain resistance (oil and water-based stains) and higher durability, with a softer hand and still meeting or exceeding the most stringent test standards set for the contract textile industry.

Lifecycle Balance

Crypton utilizes highly engineered, fabric-specific processes to permanently seal patented performance technology into every fiber; the permanent bind of Crypton chemistry guarantees safe use and consistent performance. It is not a topical solution. Crypton’s stain and moisture protection lasts the life of the fabric and can extend the useful life of case goods by up to 7 years.

By extending the useful life, the cost and environmental benefits fall in line. Reduction in replacement and repair costs, plus reduction of use of non-renewable fossil fuels and natural resources — wood, water, energy, landfill waste, and carbon emissions – emissions of greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change. “With Crypton you are ‘future-proofing’ your interior spaces. We invest our time and resources in planned longevity, not disposable technology. We believe that by using Crypton you are selecting the most environmentally preferable performance fabric. It is a longer-game approach, but by extending the useful life of fabric and furniture, you measurably reduce your environmental footprint overall,” says Michael Grigat, VP of R & D for Crypton.

Improved Crypton C-Zero

In addition to reducing its chemical footprint, Crypton’s team of scientists improved and recalibrated Crypton’s C-Zero technology. C-Zero is Crypton’s award-winning fluorine-free stain resistant technology. Crypton’s C-Zero was the industry’s first fluorine free soil repellent and the only fabric soil repellent to receive Greenguard Gold certification. Using biomimicry to emulate the micro textured surface that occurs naturally in jade leaves. All C- Zero fabrics repel most stains and clean easily with soap and water. But do not resist oil- based stains. Only fluorotechnology can resist oil-based stains. “We were able to leverage some our improved C-Zero technology in our new Crypton formulations, which resulted in the reduction of fluorine reliance. We see tremendous results in both products,” continues Grigat.

Committed to full transparency in communications about its suite of textile technologies, Crypton encourages its customers and end-users to hold them and the entire industry accountable. Before specifying a high-performance fabric for healthcare, hospitality, office or residential projects, it is vital to understand exactly what you are and are not getting.

What you are not getting in Crypton fabrics: PFOA, PFOS, PFAS of environmental concern, solvents, heavy metals, formaldehyde and phthalates. All Crypton fabrics are GREENGUARD Gold certified, do not require a CA Prop 65 warning, and can contribute to LEED qualification.