Dow Microbial Control Officially Joins the bluesign® system

PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 18, 2015
Dow Microbial Control, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), has officially joined the bluesign® system, a network of leading companies serving textile and apparel markets around the world. Chemical manufacturers who are partners in the bluesign system, which also includes textile and apparel manufacturers and brands, agree to improve performance in five areas of their production processes: air emissions, consumer safety, occupational health and safety, resource productivity and water emissions.

Dow Microbial Control introduced SILVADUR™ Antimicrobial, a cutting-edge microbial control product for textiles and apparel, in September 2012. Since its introduction, SILVADUR has gained widespread recognition in global markets, because it provides reliable, long-lasting freshness in textiles and apparel at a time when more and more consumers are embracing a healthier, more hygienic lifestyle.

“Dow is dedicated to helping lead the transition to a sustainable society and planet,” said Karel Williams, global strategic marketing associate director for Dow Microbial Control. “Joining the bluesign system is an important step we are taking to assure textile and apparel manufacturers and brands, their customers and others that products treated with SILVADUR do not compromise human health or harm the environment.”

The bluesign system  is managed by Swiss-based bluesign technologies ag, which works with the supply chain to ensure that textile and apparel products, and the chemicals, processes and materials used to make them, are safe for consumers, workers and the environment. Among its roles are to regularly review progress reports from chemical manufacturers who are partners in the System and to conduct on-site audits of their production facilities.

SILVADUR’s patented Intelligent Freshness technology provides reliable odor control in textile and apparel products. When odor-causing bacteria land on the surface of treated fabrics, they are neutralized on contact by SILVADUR’s invisible freshness protection ingredient, so treated fabrics stay fresher longer. Extensive testing has shown that SILVADUR Antimicrobial has a high degree of efficacy against a wide range of undesirable bacteria, is highly durable over 50 washings and its application process is efficient and cost effective.

About Dow Microbial Control

Dow Microbial Control innovates with science and technology to provide long-term viable and sustainable microbial control. Our comprehensive global offering provides customers with solutions to optimize formulations, including a high-performing and technically-supported selection of registered actives and products.  With world-class people organization-wide and a broad portfolio of microbial control technologies, Dow Microbial Control can help solve most any microbial control problem.  From specialty and highly regulated to non-regulated, the company has the experience and the essentials for more sustainable microbial control protection for products and processes.

Visit www.DowMicrobialControl.com.
About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than $58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 201 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

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SILVADUR™ is a Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company.

For further information contact: F. Felix Albarran / Global Communications - Hygiene / Dow Microbial Control / falbarran@dow.com

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