Performance Textiles Should Turn To Plant Based Raw Materials
Odour control technologies have emerged as a key solution for preventing the development of unpleasant smells and maintaining freshness in textiles and clothing.
However, there are growing concerns about the adverse effects of odour control technologies on the environment and human health and these are posing a threat to the future prospects of the anti-odour textiles and clothing market.
But, according to Textile Intelligence, in order to capitalise on the popularity of odour control technologies, manufacturers must address concerns about the detrimental effects of existing technologies on environment and human health.
The nanoparticles which possess anti-odour properties, such as nanosilver, have been found to wash off treated products during laundering.
The nanoparticles released in this way may then find their way into waterways where they may damage the environment and cause harm to aquatic life.
In response to these concerns, some manufacturers are exploring plant-based materials as alternatives like peppermint oil, which has been shown to be effective against odour-causing bacteria and strains of bacteria which can develop tolerance to antibiotics.
“Textile and apparel manufacturers who can accelerate efforts to develop odour control technologies made using plant-based materials look set to make significant gains in the years ahead,” Textile Intelligence said.