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Anti-Odour Clothing: Fresh Fashion for an Active Lifestyle

October 2016 | 51 pages | ID: AA10C39E32FEN
Textiles Intelligence Ltd

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Consumers are increasingly seeking active, healthy and hygienic lifestyles, and are willing to pay a premium for products which help them to participate in active pursuits. However, such pursuits tend to be characterised by the generation of sweat and this can lead to the formation of unpleasant odours as a result of the build-up of bacteria. Consequently, demand for anti-odour clothing has increased and this has presented huge opportunities for providers of anti-odour technologies. In response, developers of odour management technologies have made major advances in recent years, and apparel brands and manufacturers are now able to choose from a variety of anti-odour fibres, yarns and fabric finishes to best meet their needs and to add value to their products. Furthermore, several major providers of odour management technologies are keen to work closely with apparel brands in the development of anti-odour products. For the apparel brands, such development provides opportunities for marketing and branding, and for the potential formation of strategic partnerships with odour management technology suppliers. This report provides a wealth of information on the agents, materials and techniques used in the elimination of bacteria and odour from fabrics, as well as key providers of anti-odour technologies and their products. Also, the report provides insight into the markets for anti-odour fabrics, discusses opportunities for branding and collaboration and provides an outlook for the future.
SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

TYPES AND SOURCES OF ODOUR FOUND IN CLOTHING

EFFECTS OF MICRO-ORGANISMS ON HUMAN HEALTH

EFFECTS OF MICRO-ORGANISMS ON FABRICS

TECHNIQUES FOR AVOIDING OR ELIMINATING ODOUR IN CLOTHING

Choosing appropriate fabrics
Laundering
Incorporating odour-absorbing and odour-masking agents
Cyclodextrins
Activated carbon
Zeolites
Fragrances
Incorporating natural anti-odour materials
Bamboo
Wool
Chitosan
Incorporating antimicrobial agents

METHODS OF IMPARTING ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES TO FABRICS

Introducing an antimicrobial agent into the polymer solution before the extrusion process
Incorporating antimicrobial compounds into the fibre structure by means of chemical bonding
Applying the antimicrobial agent during textile finishing

ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS USED IN TEXTILES AND CLOTHING

Types and classes of antimicrobial agents
Bactericides, fungicides and bacteriostatics
Leachable and non-leachable antimicrobial agents
Controlled release of antimicrobial agents through the use of microencapsulation
Regenerable mechanism
Main types of antimicrobial agents used for textiles and clothing
Chitosan
Halogenated phenols
N-halamines
Polybiguanides
Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs)
Metals, metallic salts and metal oxides

REQUIREMENTS FOR ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS USED FOR CLOTHING

ANTIMICROBIAL EFFICACY TESTING AND REGULATION

Efficacy testing
Testing standards
Regulations

SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS

MARKETS FOR ANTI-ODOUR FABRICS
Key applications
Market size and growth

BRANDING ANTI-ODOUR PRODUCTS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLABORATION

KEY PRODUCERS OF ANTI-ODOUR TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR PRODUCTS

Dow Microbial Control: Silvadur
Garmatex: Bact-Out
Hyosung: creora Fresh
Microban International: Aegis, Excalibur, Scentry, Silvershield and Zptech
Aegis
Excalibur
Scentry
SilverShield
ZPTech
Milliken: AlphaSan
NanoHorizons: SmartSilver
Noble Biomaterials: X-Static and XT2
X-Static
XT2
Odegon: DeoTag
Omikenshi: Crabyon
Polygiene: Polygiene
Sanitized: Sanitized
Sanmo: Thunderon
Schoeller Technologies: active>silver
Sciessent: Agion, Agion Active, Agion Active XL, Lava and Lava XL
Agion
Lava
Lava XL
Agion Active
Agion Active XL
Sinterama: Bactershield and Guardyarn
Smartfiber: smartcel sensitive
Thai Acrylic Fibre: Amicor
Thomson Research Associates (TRA): Silpure and Ultra-Fresh
Silpure
Ultra-Fresh
Trevira: Trevira Bioactive

OUTLOOK

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1: Commonly used standard tests for assessing antimicrobial efficacy, 2016
Table 2: SmartSilver products, 2016

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1: Agion
Figure 2: Lava XL
Figure 3: Trevira Bioactive


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