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Dow Microbial Control Officially Joins the bluesign® system

13 May 2015

Philadelphia, PA - May 13, 2015 - Dow Microbial Control, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), has officially joined the bluesign® system, a network of leading companies serving textile and apparel markets around the world. Chemical manufacturers who are partners in the bluesign system, which also includes textile and apparel manufacturers and brands, agree to improve performance in five areas of their production processes: air emissions, consumer safety, occupational health and safety, resource productivity and water emissions.

Dow Microbial Control introduced SILVADUR™ Antimicrobial, a cutting-edge microbial control product for textiles and apparel, in September 2012. Since its introduction, SILVADUR™ has gained widespread recognition in global markets, because it provides reliable, long-lasting freshness in textiles and apparel at a time when more and more consumers are embracing a healthier, more hygienic lifestyle.

“Joining the bluesign system is an important step we are taking to assure textile and apparel manufacturers and brands, their customers and others that products treated with SILVADUR™ do not compromise human health or harm the environment.”
Karel Williams, global strategic marketing associate director

“Dow is dedicated to helping lead the transition to a sustainable society and planet,” said Karel Williams, global strategic marketing associate director for Dow Microbial Control. “Joining the bluesign system is an important step we are taking to assure textile and apparel manufacturers and brands, their customers and others that products treated with SILVADUR™ do not compromise human health or harm the environment.”

The bluesign system is managed by Swiss-based bluesign technologies ag, which works with the supply chain to ensure that textile and apparel products, and the chemicals, processes and materials used to make them, are safe for consumers, workers and the environment. Among its roles are to regularly review progress reports from chemical manufacturers who are partners in the System and to conduct on-site audits of their production facilities.

SILVADUR’s™ patented Intelligent Freshness technology provides reliable odor control in textile and apparel products. When odor-causing bacteria land on the surface of treated fabrics, they are neutralized on contact by SILVADUR’s™ invisible freshness protection ingredient, so treated fabrics stay fresher longer. Extensive testing has shown that SILVADUR™ Antimicrobial has a high degree of efficacy against a wide range of undesirable bacteria, is highly durable over 50 washings and its application process is efficient and cost effective.