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Textile Outlook International
Issue 140:
August 2009

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Editorial: Even China Is Struggling in the Recession-Hit US Textile and Apparel Market--Despite the Lifting of Quotas (4 pages)
Product Life Cycle Management in the Textile and Apparel Industry (24 pages)
Survey of the European Fabric Fairs for Spring/Summer 2010 (17 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 1 -- yarn manufacture, August 2009 (37 pages)
Anti-Odour Clothing: Bringing Fresh Appeal to the Textile and Apparel Market (32 pages)
Trends in US textile and clothing imports, August 2009 (76 pages)

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Anti-Odour Clothing: Bringing Fresh Appeal to the Textile and Apparel Market

32 pages, published in Issue 140, August 2009  

Clothing with anti-odour properties is one of the fastest growing segments of the performance apparel market?reflecting the desire of consumers for hygiene, freshness and a general sense of well-being. Moreover, in certain apparel categories?including sportswear, underwear, socks and footwear linings?antimicrobial finishing is rapidly becoming a standard treatment.

Most anti-odour technologies for clothing are based on chemical treatments or the presence of silver, which has inherent antibacterial properties. However, the use of natural anti-odour materials, such as bamboo fibre, is rising at the expense of more established technologies, reflecting growing demand among consumers for eco-friendly products.

Over the past five years, new technologies have emerged which hold the promise of delivering more effective protection against odour in clothing. In particular, advances in nanotechnology have led to the introduction of fabrics containing silver nanoparticles, and these are penetrating the market rapidly. Such fabrics have been widely embraced by sportswear manufacturers although environmentalists have raised concerns about their effects on the environment and human health.

Amid these concerns, researchers and scientists are stepping up efforts to devise a method of producing self-cleaning apparel which would eliminate the need for laundering and antimicrobial finishing. However, it is likely to take some time before such apparel reaches mainstream consumers.

In the meantime, as anti-odour clothing is regarded as a luxury rather than a necessity, the market may struggle to grow over the next two or three years as a result of the economic slump.

Table of Contents
Anti-Odour Clothing: Bringing Fresh Appeal to the Textile and Apparel Market
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Types and Sources of Odour Found in Clothing
  • Effects of Micro-Organisms on Human Health
  • Effects of Micro-Organisms on Fabrics
  • Techniques for Avoiding or Eliminating Odour in Clothing
  • Methods of Imparting Antimicrobial Properties to Fabrics
  • Antimicrobial Agents Used in Textiles and Clothing
  • Requirements for Antimicrobial Agents Used in Clothing
  • Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing and Regulation
  • Safety and Environmental Issues Associated with Antimicrobial Agents
  • Markets for Anti-Odour Fabrics
  • Key Producers of Antimicrobial Agents
  • Key Producers of Antimicrobial Fibres
  • Self-Cleaning Clothes
  • Outlook

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