Odor-free polyester, functional clothing is now possible, according to Sanitized AG, which has developed Sanitized Odoractiv 10, a patented, non-biocidal technology. An unwelcome odor can quickly develop in polyester sport and functional clothing, even if freshly washed; this is called “permastink.” It’s a challenge for the textile industry as it generally reduces the attractiveness (and therefore market opportunities) of sport and functional clothing made from polyester.
According to the company, its Odoractiv 10 technology works in two ways: The addition of an anti-adhesive “coating” applied in the padding process means odor-causing bacteria may not be able to stick to the textile surface and are washed out in a normal wash cycle. Second, the treatment has an adsorbing effect; the odors are “trapped” and repeatedly expelled during a normal wash cycle, the company reports.
The treatment doesn’t apply an additional binder system and uses no nanotechnology. The company has been recognized with the Swiss Technology Award, the bluesign© sustainability label, Skin Friendly certification from the Hohenstein Institute and the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX label.
SANITIZED AG is headquartered in Burgdorf, Switzerland. It specializes in antimicrobial products, solutions and advice.