The pandemic caused by the COVID-19 has made the fashion industry work hard to save the economic losses due to the decline in sales in physical stores.
Many brands have reinvented themselves and have made the presentation of their new collections through the Internet via video streaming, have allocated many more staff and financial resources to e-commerce in their online stores, or have launched new products previously little used such as fabric masks.
Fabrics that help protect us from COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria have also burst onto the fashion scene. These are materials that are created with biocidal products.
What are the biocidal fabrics?
If we look up the definition of biocide in the dictionary, we find that they are elements, substances or chemical products that destroy living beings, particularly those harmful to human beings.
This chemical material applied to clothing does not help to prevent viruses from impregnating and developing, thus preventing their spread and contagion with our body, other people or materials. Biocides have the following characteristics:
- They are effective against viruses, microorganisms and bacteria.
- Its action is effective throughout the life of the garment.
- It is not toxic in low levels of product as in textile.
- It can be applied in any color.
- It is resistant to sunlight.
In contrast, some voices explain that these chemicals are not good for the environment because the fabrics are not as biodegradable. If they contain biocides, the microorganisms will not be able to consume the materials and the garments will take more years to disappear naturally.