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Microban Launches Refresh Odor Capture Tech for Polyester

Microban International has introduced Refresh, its newest odor capture technology that is completely metal free.

The company says Refresh reduces odors by up to 93 percent on polyester and polyester-rich blends, even after 30 home launderings. Microban, known for its antimicrobial and odor control technology, developed Refresh as part of its ongoing dedication to sustainable textiles manufacturing.

This patent-pending formula is designed to address the needs of manufacturers and consumers by providing an effective solution to tackle “permastink” without relying on traditional heavy metal chemistries. Refresh is geared toward effectively reducing odors on polyester and polyester blend activewear, hunting gear and other apparel.

By keeping garments fresher for longer, the technology will allow end-users to enjoy the benefits of washing items less frequently and reducing water consumption and fiber pollution, preventing premature disposal and decreasing landfill loading. It also allows manufacturers to reduce their use of pesticidal chemistries.

“Microban is focused on sustainable solutions and is proud to have developed Refresh, a more environmentally friendly technology designed to combat the issue of persistent odors on clothing without using any metal-based chemistries,” Michael Ruby, president at Microban International, said.

“With Refresh, apparel brands and manufacturers across the world can deliver smart textiles that stay fresher for longer, extending their usable lifetime and reducing the mountains of textile waste that end up in landfill each year,” Ruby added. “Refresh complements Microban’s Scentry and Scentry Revive technologies perfectly, now providing three world-class Bluesign-listed technologies for apparel brands to specify at the mill level for odor control applications.”

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Refresh can be incorporated during the manufacturing processes for polyester and polyester blend products as particle-free, one-part liquid solution, avoiding any concerns about settlement during storage and mixing. It is fully water soluble and will not negatively impact fabric properties, the company said.

“Refresh has been meticulously designed to provide effective odor protection that not only contributes to sustainable initiatives, but also seamlessly integrates into polyester textile manufacturing processes,” Dr. Yihong Li, senior technical manager for textiles at Microban International, said. “Microban has applied its expertise and extensive technical knowledge to develop this technology to meet industry demands for smarter textile products.”

Refresh is available to apparel brands and manufacturers globally, along with Microban’s support and expertise.