With the coronavirus pandemic drawing attention to antimicrobial and antibacterial textiles, Nylon 6.6 manufacturer Nilit announced results that it says show its Sensil BodyFresh fabric demonstrating a significant reduction in viral activity.
The 51-year-old Israeli company said it received confirmation from Microbe Investigations AG, a microbiological testing services lab, that fabric made with Sensil BodyFresh reduced viral activity by 99.85 percent when tested according to ISO 18184:2019 criteria against Betacoronavirus 1 (OC43). The manufacturer said the additive embedded in the Sensil BodyFresh yarn provides long-lasting protection that does not deteriorate with laundering.
An enveloped, positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus, Betacoronavirus 1 (OC43) can cause the common cold. It is different from SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease Covid-19. Both viruses belong to the betacoronavirus genus.
“We originally developed Sensil BodyFresh with antibacterial and anti-odor properties to provide consumers with outstanding freshness,” Sagee Aran, head of global marketing at Nilit, said in a statement. “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 apparel brands across many segments, including intimates and underwear, base layer, activewear and legwear. It is made at Nilit’s water- and energy-optimized facilities and meets Nilit’s Total Product Sustainability guidelines for long-lasting products.
“Consumers today appreciate long-lasting, environmentally responsible, multifunctional apparel,” Aran continued. “Sensil BodyFresh offers numerous performance factors that include sustainability and well-being attributes for today’s current climate.”
Nilit manufactures a broad portfolio of sustainable Sensil nylon products that address water preservation, energy-use reduction, pollution elimination, biodegradability and increased use of recycled inputs.
As part of its sustainability efforts, Nilit has introduced a cogeneration power plant on-site at its primary manufacturing facility in Migdal HaEmek in Israel. Using natural gas as the fuel source, the plant produces cogeneration steam. According to Nilit, this steam is able to lower the use of natural gas by up to 75 percent, while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent.