Proteins – What are they?
They are natural biopolymers that are made up of amino acids – the building blocks of all living organisms. Proteins are natural products that are comprised on 100 or more amino acids. Amino acids and hydrolysed proteins have been widely used in Personal Care applications for many years, with proven efficacy in providing: moisturisation, penetration, moisture regulation and film formation. However in recent years there has been a shift to using proteins and derivatives in fabric care applications, with proven benefits observed in main wash and rinse cycle formulations.
The Drive for Innovation in Fabric Care
Development of innovative materials has gathered momentum over recent years, as consumers are now searching for added value in their fabric care purchases. This has created a lot of pressure on manufacturers to differentiate and develop novel new technologies.
Proteins and protein derivatives have played a major role over the years in providing proven benefits in conditioning and protecting fibres, which can provide a number of differentiating claims on consumer product packaging. This has very quickly gained acceptance by the consumer in areas such as:
Coltide™ Protein Range
We offer a range of proteins and protein derivatives as part of our Coltide range, which can loosely be broken down into three areas:
These help to offer a range of functional benefits to consumer products that can be tailored to specific fabric types and offer market differentiating claims and concepts, to improve consumer perceptibility.
Increasingly hectic lifestyles mean that consumers are looking for new ways to save time and effort around the home. With ironing regularly topping surveys of most disliked household chores, we have the answer with Coltide HSi. This substantive copolymer of wheat and silicone provides easy-iron performance through complex cross linking, resulting in reduced fabric friction whilst also helping to protect the fabric from wear and tear.
Coltide Radiance is a new and innovative biopolymer which actively shields the fabric throughout the washing and drying cycle, making garments look and feel like they have been washed less often. What’s more, all these benefits are gained at very low inclusion levels, making Coltide Radiance extremely cost effective in use.
Watch our video below to learn more about the benefits of Coltide Radiance.
Adding a Natural Touch to Fabric Care Products
The fine fabric laundry market is growing and our Coltide Naturals range is helping meet the demand for products in this sector. The range of hydrolysed proteins, derived from natural sources such as cotton, silk and cashmere, are naturally substantive, thereby offering protection to fabrics. They possess excellent moisture retention properties and impart a deep conditioning effect to fabrics in order to improve the softness and handling characteristics. Additionally, the protein source presents the opportunity for evocative marketing label claims.
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