Infinitely recyclable fabric sets new standards in garment care

New fabric technologies create a range of environmentally friendly workwear and PPE that is easy to care for, washes effectively at lower temperatures without the addition of chemicals, and can be recycled and remade when finished. of the life cycle of a garment. Meryl Fabric’s range of soft-touch tunics, pants, blouses, dresses and polo shirts are made from fabrics that provide comfort, quality, durability and protection and endless recyclability to reduce the environmental impact of functionality and durability. garment care.

The fabrics are made using a unique twist and weave that gives a cotton feel and ensures that a garment does not absorb dirt into the fabric. This prevents stains and odors from developing and moisture is wicked away, making it the ideal choice for use in extended wear applications.

This makes it easier to care for a garment made with Meryl fabric, because no matter how dirty or contaminated the garment is, it can be cleaned simply by using 40°C water and a standard cleaning agent without need additional chemicals.

These characteristics also benefit PPE that may be exposed to bacteria and viruses. The yarn is made by a process using silver ion, widely recognized to have antimicrobial properties, and HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 technology provides antiviral protection. Their union provides permanent protection against viruses and bacteria – even Covid-19 – no matter how many washes they are subjected to.

The construction of the fabric means that, like dirt, any viruses and bacteria remain on the surface rather than penetrating the material and can therefore simply be washed away. Tests according to ISO 20743 show that 99.9981% of viruses and bacteria are eliminated during a standard wash.

This may provide a more durable option for those requiring PPE. It can play a major role in stopping the spread of acquired infections and virus transmission by preventing cross-contamination and reducing reliance on single-use, non-recyclable plastic items for certain tasks, thus contributing to sustainability.

Peter Broom, pictured above, Director of Innovations at Meryl Fabrics, said: “Our fabrics are designed so that when it comes to washing workwear or PPE, no special treatment is necessary. As any soiling stays on the surface rather than penetrating the fabric, all that is needed is a standard 40°C wash which can be energy saving and there is no need to add additional agents, surfactants or other chemicals to achieve the desired results.

“The fabric’s easy-care attributes also make it ideal for use where laundry facilities are limited, such as nursing homes, hotels or cruise ships.”

Low temperature washing is only part of Meryl Fabric’s eco-friendly credentials. The fabric is made using a water and solvent free process saving up to 3000 liters of water per 600m of fabric made compared to traditional manufacturing methods.

Its garments may also address an industry “hot topic” in that they don’t shed any microfibers. Made using a hydrogen bonding system, the microfibers are sealed to the yarn and become part of the fabric. This means there is no waste during the wash cycle, stopping a potential pollution problem.

At the end of a garment’s lifespan, instead of being sent to landfill and taking up to 200 years to decompose or be burned, Meryl Fabrics simply collects the items so they can be repolymerized and used to produce the yarn for the new fabric to be remade. clothes.

Everything is done in Europe to ensure that its production processes meet recognized environmental, safety and labor standards. Each item has a reduced carbon footprint because transport needs are minimal between the different manufacturing stages.

Broom added: “Our range is the perfect example of the circular economy as we manufacture and then recycle workwear as part of a closed-loop supply chain. Our product range is one that shows that workwear and PPE can play an important role in an organisation’s green ambitions.

“Technological advancements in the manufacture of materials are making items more environmentally friendly and this can continue throughout their life cycle by making them easier to clean and maintain. It goes to show that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort, durability and practicality to be durable.

Michael O. Stutler