avol mint is a conscious neutralizing agent in powder form for applications on denim garments.
The denim industry requires the production of thousands of garments every day. Mass production of clothes increases the exposure of the denim laundry workers to chemicals and the related equipment they work with.
For this reason, Garmon's mission is to develop products that respect workers health, which reduce the risks they are exposed to every day while still assuring the high level of performance they need.
For the neutralization step, usually performed after bleaching treatments with potassium permanganate or avol oxy white, we have already developed the highly performing avol lime, the sustainable neutralizing agent that replaces the dangerous commodities of sodium metabisulfite and hydroxylamine.
In our industry, sodium metabisulfite is one of the most used products to neutralize potassium permanganate and chlorine, especially because of its low cost.
However, metabisulfite has several issues:
⏤ Its strong smell is very unpleasant for workers, and compromises their safety.
⏤ If breathed in, metabisulfite irritates the nose, throat and lungs, causing coughing, wheezing and/or shortness of breath.
⏤ It may cause an asthma-like allergy.
Hydroxylamine is also commonly used for neutralization purposes because of its performance. However, hydroxylamine is even more dangerous than metabisulfite:
― If breathed in, it can irritate the nose, throat and lungs.
― It is classified as a dangerous good, meaning with exposure to heat hydroxylamine can explode, which causes shipping complications.
― Can cause cancer and mutagenic effects.