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Antimicrobial Use in Textiles

Posted by Jennifer Fennell

By Jennifer Fennell, CPM – Sourcing Manager

Preserving, protecting, and enhancing life is essential. That is why the use of antimicrobial treatments in textiles is growing. There are many applications. For example, the use of antimicrobial textiles in products, entire product lines, and even hospital drapery is essential. It works to provide protection against bacteria, one of the most important aspects of protecting life. However, there are some concerns in the use of these products.

For example, there is a great deal of concern about the impact antimicrobial treatments can have on the environment. However, new and exciting products are being introduced to deal with the environmental issues.. These are more sustainable products that provide the same level of innovation. How is this happening?

Water pollution is a good example of the fear that antimicrobial treatments using silver can contaminate water supplies. New methods are being developed that do not use silver, but still maintain the same level of service. A variety of manufacturers are developing products that don’t cause this type of harm. For example, some are using oyster shells that otherwise go to the landfill for a solution. Zinc Oxide has proven to be an effective antimicrobial product much like silver.

Smart Textiles

The use of smart textiles is working to provide incredible protection without risk to the environment. These products combine technological innovation to achieve some pretty fascinating benefits, and they do so without actually causing damage to the planet as a result. Antimicrobial use in textiles like this can become incredibly valuable.

When it comes to antimicrobial use in textiles, knowledge is essential. At Polo Custom Products, our custom sewing contractors team offers the sourcing and product development necessary for unique medical products to help preserve, protect, and enhance the quality of life. Contact us to learn more about our products today: 888-827-2476.