Covestro’s waterborne technology called Insqin for sustainable textile coating has been granted the Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions Label by the Solar Impulse Foundation. The label signifies its credibility and a guarantee of quality for those looking for clean solutions. The project has been proven economically profitable and environmentally protective. Covestro’s solar-powered greenhouses for drying food to preserve it have also got the Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions Label. With its Insqin technology, Covestro significantly increases the sustainability of textile coating. The technology is based on waterborne polyurethane coatings, making textile production more eco-friendly and easier to handle. Using Insqin, the production of coated fabrics also requires up to 95 per cent less water and 50 per cent less energy. For implementation of the technology, Covestro is working with brand owners in the apparel and footwear industries as well as with textile manufacturers. Only recently, the company also introduced the technology in the automotive industry, where Insqin enables more sustainable, flexible and durable coatings in the car interior – with a premium look and feel. The solar greenhouse dryer is an efficient, decentralised, cost-effective and sustainable solution for reduction of post-harvest losses in agricultural products. The high efficiency of the dryer is achieved through the use of polycarbonate for construction of a parabolically shaped greenhouse. The material is transparent to visible and in particular infrared light and shows good thermal insulating properties, allowing the dryer to heat up quickly. “With our Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label we want to acknowledge and publicise developments like these Covestro technologies – developments, which can boost economic growth while preserving the environment,” explains Bertrand Piccard, Swiss pioneer and founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation. “By selecting a thousand Efficient Solutions, we want to support and speed up the implementation of clean and profitable solutions in the industry.” Dr. Christian Haessler, head of Sustainability at Covestro, welcomes the new labeling: “This is an excellent confirmation by independent experts that our company is much committed to truly sustainable developments, which are beneficial for society, create value and reduce the environmental impact. This includes above all the fulfilment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.” The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, founded under the auspices of the Solar Impulse Foundation, collaborates with start-ups, companies, institutions, NGOs and investors to create synergies, share knowledge and build relationships for speeding up the implementation of clean and profitable solutions.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (SV)