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Antimicrobial Children’s Apparel Start-Up On The Fast Track To National Success

When it’s deliver-or-die, supply chains become the lifeblood of a company. To that end, the fashion industry has embraced technology to navigate today’s hyper-complicated supply chain, with myriad solutions shaping the first, middle and last mile. Call it Sourcing 2.0.

Start-up company Spitter Spatter, which sells anticmicrobial and stain-resistant apparel for infants and toddlers, seems quickly headed for national success and perhaps profitability.

A mere few months old — Spitter Spatter was launched in March of this year — the firm has already drafted plans for entry into the children’s boutique market on the East coast next year, and national expansion and affiliations with mass market retailers in 2015.

Spitter Spatter antimicrobial, stain-resistant clothing includes body suits, dresses, outerwear and T-shirts.  The products are sold only online for now.

Mommy bloggers, a popular website that provides sources and information for mothers, has partnered up with Spitter Spatter in the US, Canada, and the UK.

The idea for the company evolved from co-founder and CEO Angella Hollen’s senior project as a graduate student at North Carolina State University College of Textiles.

An EPA-certified hyper-green polymer is a major component of Spitter Spatter’s antimicrobial technology, says Hollen.  The antimicrobial agent has never been involved in a lawsuit and studies of the product have not been negative.

Bonding permanently with the garments substrate, the antimicrobial polymer — colorless, odorless, and positively charged — will not lose its potency over time and will not leach out, according to Hollen.  It forms a molecular bond with the treated surface, and kills bacteria that contact the surface.

Spitter Spatter apparel is manufactured in Indonesia and Honduras for the time being while Hollen looks for a North Carolina producer of her products.

While Spitter Spatter apparently succeeds with its antimicrobial technology, not all such compounds are effective or safe for humans.

Data from tests conducted by the Swedish Chemical Agency, for example, shows that some clothing with antimicrobial agents silver, triclosan and trichlorocarban, lose about half of their antimicrobial power after three to ten washings, and that silver in nano particle form can cross the blood-brain barrier posing a danger to human health.

The above findings do not apply to Spitter Spatter products, and the firm’s technology could replace previously used antimicrobial agents.

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