Textiles

Due to their large surface area and ability to retain moisture, textiles are highly conducive to micro-organism growth, such as bacteria and fungi.

Textiles

Due to their large surface area and ability to retain moisture, textiles are highly conducive to micro-organism growth, such as bacteria and fungi.

textile fibre

Micro-organism growth causes a range of undesirable issues in textiles and clothing including malodour, integrity reduction, stains & discoloration as well as reduced personal hygiene.

This contamination is of particular concern for textiles used in hospitals as medical devices or for health and hygienic care, but also in sports clothing and footwear.

textile fibre

Micro-organism growth causes a range of undesirable issues in textiles and clothing including malodour, integrity reduction, stains & discoloration as well as reduced personal hygiene.

This contamination is of particular concern for textiles used in hospitals as medical devices or for health and hygienic care, but also in sports clothing and footwear.

This graph further demonstrates the lactam effect on a range of microbial species, clearly evidencing inhibition of fungi on fabrics – before and after washing (showing the technology can be substantive when textiles are treated)

unwashed&washed

This picture further demonstrates the lactam effect on a range of microbial species, clearly evidencing inhibition of fungi on fabrics – before and after washing (showing the technology can be substantive when textiles are treated)

✓  Lactam has been incorporated into natural & synthetic fibres
✓  Laboratory testing has shown that lactam coated natural and synthetic textiles resist biofilm formation

✓  Lactam has been incorporated into natural & synthetic fibres

✓  Laboratory testing has shown that lactam coated natural and synthetic textiles resist biofilm formation

Technology is at TRL 3.  Research and development will continue with partners to further investigate the use of lactams as anti-biofilm textile coating.  Pilot project under discussion with an internal Unilever initiative to determine specific sports equipment opportunity.

Technology is at TRL 3.  Research and development will continue with partners to further investigate the use of lactams as anti-biofilm textile coating.  Pilot project under discussion with an internal Unilever initiative to determine specific sports equipment opportunity.