Binders are used to improve the mechanical properties of nonwoven and woven textiles, such as dimensional stability, stiffness and tensile strength. Conventional binders are predominantly made of petroleum-based substances (e.g. acrylics), even though the fibers may be entirely from renewable cellulose.
OC-biobinder™ is fiber-binding system based on modified biopolymers and natural plant compounds. It is classified as non-irritating and non-dangerous to the environment by the European REACH regulations, and therefore enables the manufacturing of more sustainable fiber-based materials. The OC-biobinder™ system can be used on woven textiles to increase stiffness and prevent fraying making it suitable for the manufacturing of sun blinds. On nonwoven or air-laid materials, OC-biobinder™ can increase tensile strength, decrease linting and improve dimensional stability. The system is compatible with most types of fibers, including cellulose-based fibers (e.g. cotton, paper pulp), synthetic fibers (e.g. polyester, PLA), mineral fibers (e.g. glass fibers) and mixed fibers.
petroleum-based substances acrylics