“Sanitized® Odoractiv 10 marks the end of permastink in polyester textiles,” says Darrell Burnette, sales manager for SANITIZED (USA) Inc. According to the company, the new product contains a dual-action technology that prevents permastink and minimizes odor intensity during wear.
The technology was developed to offset the effects of bacteria that break down perspiration. “The bacterial colonization produces a biofilm on the polyester, which not only causes unpleasant odors, but also has a negative impact on the properties of the material,” Burnette said.
The company reports that one element of the technology involves coating the textile with Sanitized Odoractiv 10 during the manufacturers’ padding process, creating an anti-adhesive protective film on the textile. The bacteria use this protective film for “docking” onto the garment and are then washed out in a normal wash cycle.
The second element of the dual-action technology was designed to trap odors during wear via a high-adsorbing effect. The odor control function remains when garments are washed at 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), which may help consumers save on water and energy.
SANITIZED uses no nanotechnology. The Hohenstein Institute has awarded the company the rating Skin Friendly, and the bluesign® registration is underway. The new product also bears the label Eco Passport by OEKO-TEX® and was given the Swiss Technology Award.