How Polygiene Odor Control Technology Works
Polygiene prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi at the source, permanently. To do this Polygiene uses low concentrations of silver salt (silver chloride), which has antimicrobial properties and is naturally present in water and soil, to safely eliminate the ability for bacteria and fungi to grow.
The permanent treatment is applied at the finishing stages of textile production and field and lab tests show a high level of odor control beyond the usual lifespan of a garment. This lifespan odor control is possible as the technology is bound and permanently integrated in the fabric and will not wash out.
Polygiene silver salt technology is only active on the textiles itself and with a heritage in the healthcare sector Polygiene has applied its expertise and testing to ensure that there is no affect on the natural bacterial flora of the skin. Polygiene is not nanosilver.
Polygiene is driven by the belief that the environment is at the centre of sustainability. We want to limit the use of resources today to ensure the availability of resources for future generations.
To do this Polygiene scrutinises the entire supply chain – from sourcing, production, application through to washing and disposal. Together with outdoor loving consumers and leading environmentally conscious brands we are focussed on minimising the environmental footprint of all our activities.
Polygiene’s permanent textile treatment is bluesign® approved which means it meets rigorous independent environmental and product life cycle standards. It is also on the Oeko-tex list (I-IV) of independently tested and certified products.
The treatment is manufactured in the EU with minimal use of resources and conforms to strict environmental regulations. It is based on low concentrations of silver salt which is recovered from recycled silver in electronics waste. Polygiene is not nano-silver.
Wear More-Wash Less
Consumers are responsible for two-thirds of the environmental footprint of a garment during its lifetime according to industry reports. The overuse of water, mostly due to excessive washing, plays an important role in calculating this footprint. Water shortage is an acute problem in major parts of the world, both in developed and developing countries.
A garment treated with Polygiene Odor Control Technology will stay odor free and can therefore be used several times before washing. The fabric also lasts longer without excessive washing and bacterial growth, and the treated product is not discarded prematurely due to odor. All of the above leads to minimized water usage. Durable and sustainable odor control technologies like Polygiene play an important role in minimizing the environmental footprint of garments and gear.