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Swedish firm receives funding to develop biodegradable water-repellent product for textiles

Swedish cleantech company OrganoClick has been granted funding from a government R&D agency called Vinnova to develop its biodegradable water-repellent product called OrganoTex.

The company has received SEK 1.3 million as part of a project called POPFREE.

The POPFREE-project was launched three years ago with the aim of developing and investigate chemical substitutes to polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are often used in textile finishing products, according to OrganoClick.

Many of these substances are suspected to be carcinogenic and hormone disruptive and bioaccumulate in nature, the company said in a statement.

Partners involved in the project include outdoor companies Bergans Nordic and Houdini sportswear, and R&D organisations RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. It also includes the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.

OrganoClick hopes promotion of its OrganoTex product can help phase out what it describes as harmful chemicals.

OrganoTex is a biodegradable and PFAS-free, water-repellent technology for textile fabrics which has been developed with inspiration from the water repellent properties of the Lotus flower.

“Vinnova’s funding of POPFREE strongly supports the phase-out PFAS from Swedish products which we think is very important,” Mårten Hellberg, CEO OrganoClick. “That we together with companies such as Bergans and Houdini as well as organisations such as the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, ChemSec, RISE and IVL are given the opportunity to develop and test a 100 % biobased and biodegradable textile impregnation will be the next step that will give us to not only a PFAS-free product but also will take the technology for textile impregnations to a new level in which also the fossile raw material is replaced with a completely “green”, renewable raw material.”

The project will officially be unveiled this September and finish in 2022.

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