A new technology that can inhibit virus development in textiles could be a positive move for PPE and other uniforms and masks worn by frontline workers- and the public.
Polygiene, developer and producer of odour control and stay-fresh technologies continues to advance the development and production of its ViralOff technology that it claims reduces over 99% of viruses in two hours* on treated fabrics. ViralOff launched on 7 April and is now coming to market with multiple early adapters to combat the novel coronavirus.
Spanish partner, General Tactic, which provides apparel and textiles for first responders in Spain and North America, has also quickly adapted and are producing ViralOff treated masks for these servicemen and women.
Additional European adapters include fellow German brand, Everbasics that just launched a scarf design that will provide coverage for the nose and mouth. Polish brand, Lekko has quickly adapted their offering to now include ViralOff and has multiple options for protecting yourself when in environments where you need to be more careful. Others include, Spira Protekta from Germany and UK provider, Screenworks that will launch a facemask and neck gaiter option.
Outside of Europe, Polygiene has launched with Litume in Tawain and new brand Airgill in South Korea, as well as JCT Limited in India where ViralOff is used in personal protection equipment and facemasks. In North America, partner ASRV has switched their apparel production to fulfil the need for masks and for every mask sold, will donate one to health care workers and first responders. Over 12,000 have already been donated.
Ulrika Björk VD Polygiene said: “We are working under high pressure with inquiries from local and global companies, actual and potential partners, and in the coming months we see a steady flow of deliveries to companies switching their production to be able to deliver products in demand in the healthcare sector or other sectors in need.”
A Polygiene partner since 2009, sportswear manufacturer and suppliers Maloja has adapted its EU production facility and made available a consumer face mask using ViralOff. The brand will have two styles available, starting with a launch of their Reusable Mask 2.0 in May. The design includes a three-layer reusable mouth-nose mask made of breathable polyester fabric with a nose clip and elastic bands for a comfortable position around the head and neck. The mask will completely seal the face and is suitable to wear with glasses and hearing aids. It will be available online and in select retail stores globally and available in several colors at a price of 50 euros in a 5-pack (retail price). Later in May, Maloja will have an additional offering with the Reusable Mask 3.0.