Technology & Process

Technology, Process and Impact

Replacing traditional chemical or burning finishing (singeing) treatments, Novozymes’ biopolishing is a textile finishing process whereby cellulase enzymes modify the surface of cotton fabrics. Novozymes’ provide a sustainable technology that prevents pilling, enhances colour retention and ensures smoother, softer, stronger fabrics that are durable to many washes, thus increasing the longevity of the fabric.

The effect of biopolishing cotton and other plant based fibers is that after many wear-and-wash cycles, clothes continue to look new for longer.

Novozymes calls this long-lasting effect “Livelong®”. Novozymes solution for mills and laundries is the biotechnology that creates the Livelong effect. Livelong means the clothes will last at least 20% longer, which also means the clothes are that much gentler on the planet’s resources and will help reduce textile waste.

Biopolishing is traditionally done separately. However, by combining process steps, Combi Polish is possible in a shorter process time, which saves more water, energy and costs than any other biopolishing method.

The enzymes used in this technology are biodegradable, natural proteins that require a very low dosage.

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