Sustainable Water Resistant Finishes And Low-Impact Textile Waterproofing Techniques

The SFC Team Wednesday, 1 June 2022

The ability to make fabrics water resistant - especially for use as garments and outdoor textiles - is crucial to the textile industry. However, as we have already established in our lesson on traditional coatings and finishes, many of these coatings are not without their harmful consequences. 

This lesson will take you through some new, ethical solutions to waterproofing fabrics. 


In this lesson you'll learn:

  • About companies developing new solutions for waterproofing fabrics 
  • How to waterproof garments using natural materials, like wax
  • The waterproofing properties of certain fibres, like wool 

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    Flame retardancy is a vital requirement for many textile applications, mainly in upholstery and interiors. So much so, in fact, that legislation was passed in 1998 that mandated for interiors and upholstery fabrics to be treated with flame retardant finishes. These regulations are in place to prevent the safety of the users, of such textiles, and it is important that they are complied with.

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