Green Theme International (GTI), the creators of sustainable and water-free textile technologies, announced that the United States Office of Patents & Trademarks (USPTO), recently issued a critical “utility” patent to Dr. Gary Selwyn, the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Green Theme International. Selwyn’s newly issued patent, described as “A Hyperbaric Process for Applying and Curing an Organic Polymerizable Treatment,” fortifies GTI’s exclusive high-pressure water-free finishing process and empowers future brand partners looking to adopt GTI’s sustainable technology.
“This very powerful U.S. patent is key in our portfolio of technologies, as it has global implications when we look the future of water-free fabric finishing,” explains Selwyn, who holds a PhD in Chemical Physics from University of California at Berkeley.
Selwyn been developing GTI’s clean and sustainable textile finishing technology during the past four years from his 3,000 square ft. chemical laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Selwyn first started working on early iterations of the chemistry and technology in the kitchen in his home before outgrowing its cramped quarters.
“When we started exploring water-free finishing, we knew it would take years to perfect, but it would also start a technology revolution in sustainable textile finishing that would rock the textile industry,” explains Selwyn.
“Anyone who has ever unintentionally sat on a wad of chewing gum immediately understands how the combination of pressure, heat and chemistry leads to a permanent textile finish,” he adds. “So we multiplied all of those by 20x, and did it to benefit the consumer and the planet,” adds Selwyn who founded GTI, a certified B Corporation, in 2016 with CEO, Martin Flora.
This year, GTI’s brought its first product to market, a water-free (and fluorocarbon-free) repellency treatment named Aquavent, which fully utilizes Selwyn’s patented technology. Aquavent’s patented process combines heat pressure, and clean chemistry to hyper-fuse water protection into the fibers inside each yarn so it won’t wash out over time. This new technology adds water repellency to fabrics like wool suiting, running and exercise knits that normally don’t repel the rain.
Outdoor clothing and apparel brand, Marmot Mountain LLC, recently adopted GTI’s revolutionary Aquavent technology for their entirely new EVODry collection of sustainable shells (seven styles for men and women), which hit outdoor retailer shelves this past month. GTI will soon announce partnerships with several other leading outdoor industry brands in the weeks and months ahead.
(Photo Attached) Dr. Gary Selwyn speaking at the ICAC conference in Taipei, Taiwan; Green Theme International