Green Theme Technologies, Inc. is a textile innovation company with the mission to create products that out-perform existing technologies while eliminating water usage and pollution.
As a Benefits Corporation, this mission is baked into our DNA. Born in the lab and led by a team with deep experience in the fields of apparel and textiles, we’re focused on bringing game-changing innovations to market. We’re showing the world that you can have products that push performance to new heights and do it without polluting a single drop of water. Now is the time to make real change for the good of the planet, and along with our growing list of forward-thinking partners and brands, we’re doing just that.
We call this Performance for the Planet™.
OUR PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY
COMPANY HISTORY: REINVENTING AND REVOLUTIONIZING TEXTILE FINISHING
Green Theme Technologies Inc is Dr. Selwyn's third entrepreneurial venture. The company's mission and philosophy comes from his experience with his second entrepreneurial venture, APJET, Inc., which used the atmospheric pressure plasma technology he invented while at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The technology was attractive because it was a means for dry finishing. However, the rapidly escalating cost of helium combined with the decreasing supply of helium, which was required for the plasma, made this approach complicated and expensive: it had high operational cost and high capital equipment cost.
In late 2011, Selwyn and APJET went separate ways. He sold-off his APJET stock and resigned from the Board. The funds from this stock sale were combined with other investor funds to launch GTT and to develop and patent the GTT thermal dry textile finishing technology.
The basis of the GTT technology was to provide a more cost-effective approach that would provide the benefits of plasma finishing without its high capital and operational cost. It became known as the ChemStik® technology because of its physical resemblance to a deodorant stick. In July, 2014, the ChemStik® technology earned a prestigious R&D 100 Award for GTT. In November, 2014, the GTT was awarded first prize as the most innovative small company by the WTIN Future Materials Award.
Unlike the plasma finishing technology Selwyn had previously developed, the ChemStik® technology could be cured by thermal or plasma curing equipment. To make dry finishing more cost-effective, GTT focused primarily on the thermal dry curing technology.
This approach provides the customer with much flexibility and many added benefits. The ChemStik® technology provides the customer with a complete finishing recipe: it can even be used for fabric dyeing during the finishing process. The use of high molecular weight monomers and comonomers in the ChemStik® composition enables the resultant polymer to permanently bond to the fabric - creating better laundry durability than was previously thought possible! Because it is a "dry" technology, there is little waste. With no waste stream and the use of safe chemicals, the treatment is environmentally-benign.
In the brief, three and a half year history of GTT, enormous progress has been made! The ChemStik® technology is easy to implement at any commercial textile mill and does not require expensive equipment or mill redesign.
In July, 2014, GTT relocated to a larger production facility in the Broadbent business park of Albuquerque. This new facility will be used for full-width, fabric finishing treatment, as well as new product and process development.
GTT is currently licensing equipment suppliers to provide the unique, dry finishing equipment. Soon, wel also expect to have a commission finisher set up for long and short runs of full width fabric using this novel technology.
OUR PRINCIPLES AND ETHICS
GREEN THEME TECHNOLOGIES IS FOUNDED ON THE FOLLOWING GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
Respect for the environment and the conscientious use of safe, finishing chemicals and technology.
Providing our customers with the safest, best possible product and always working with our customers in an ethical, honest manner.
Respect for our employees and a sincere interest in developing their potential.
Providing our investors and stakeholders with honest communication and feedback about their investment in our company.
Great Science combined with Innovation and Imagination: it is the foundation of all we do!
OUR BUSINESS MODEL
TEXTILE FINISHING INNOVATION AT ITS BEST... AIDED BY OUR COMMERCIALIZATION PARTNERS AND WORKING IN CONCERT WITH OUR CUSTOMERS.
The GTT Business Model is clean and simple:
We INNOVATE: we invent new process technology to meet the needs of the customer. That can be non-fluorocarbon finishing, it can non-hazardous flame retardency treatment, or it can a new medical bandage treatment. Imagine it... and we can make it happen. Patenting the new technology provides product differentiation for our customers and protects our commercialization partners.
We DEVELOP and IMPROVE that process treatment: to make it cost effective, scalable and customer/mill friendly. That means testing scale-up methods to lower production costs - all part of making the technology exceed the customer's requirements and imagination...
We COMMERCIALIZE the technology: by working with our CUSTOMERS and our PARTNERS: equipment partners, chemical supply partners and the designers or manufacturers. The result is new technology brought to the marketplace - for the benefit of the customer, the consumer and for all involved in the technology.
AFTER COMMERCIALIZATION: GTT provides quality control, aid in implementing the new technology by providing training, and, of course, by continuous improvement.