Nilit, a global leader in sustainable, premium Nylon 6.6 for apparel, reports it has received confirmation from Microbe Investigations AG (MIS), a microbiological testing services lab, that fabric made with Sensil BodyFresh demonstrated a 99.85% reduction in viral activity when tested according to ISO 18184:2019 criteria against Betacoronavirus 1 (OC43), an enveloped, positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus. The additive embedded in the Sensil BodyFresh yarn is said to provide long-lasting protection that does not deteriorate with laundering, indicating that the additive is not washed out of the fabric.
“We originally developed Sensil BodyFresh with antibacterial and anti-odour properties to provide consumers with outstanding freshness,” says Sagee Aran, Head of Global Marketing at Nilit. “With these proven antiviral test results, our business partners can expand their Sensil BodyFresh product concepts beyond comfort and aesthetics to include enhanced protection and a positive sense of well-being.”
Sensil BodyFresh is currently used by leading apparel brands across all segments such as intimates and underwear, base layer, activewear, and legwear. By inhibiting microbial growth, fabrics stay fresher longer and require fewer launderings, Nilit explains. The benefits are built into the yarn and do not wash out or wear off for the life of the fabric, providing sustainable protection that doesn’t pollute waterways, the company adds. In addition to providing these proven antimicrobial benefits, Sensil BodyFresh is, Nilit says, responsibly made at its water and energy optimized facilities and meets Nilit’s Total Product Sustainability guidelines for long-lasting, high quality products made with respect for the planet and people.
“Consumers today appreciate long lasting, environmentally responsible, multifunctional apparel,” continues Aran. “Sensil BodyFresh offers numerous performance factors that include sustainability and well-being attributes for today’s current climate.”
Nilit says it has a broad portfolio of sustainable Sensil premium Nylon products that address water preservation, energy use reduction, pollution elimination, biodegradability, and increased use of recycled inputs. Nilit is committed to providing the industry leadership and the products that help the apparel world use more sustainable fabrics in more responsible ways, the company concludes.