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The Covid-19 epidemic has led fashion companies to identify new solutions, in terms of innovative treatments, yarns and fabrics, able to counter the spread of the virus thanks to their antiviral or sanitizing capabilities.

One of these treatments is ViralOff, a sanitizing spray for fabrics and surfaces developed by the Milano Colori company in collaboration with Polygiene, a Swedish company among the major biomedical sector leaders, and distributed worldwide by the Italian Colors Srl. Produced in spray format in versions without gas, nitrogen, LPG and sold both to companies and to the final consumer through the pharmacy channel, ViralOff allows to reduce in a very short time over 99% of viruses and bacteria and is able to maintain its performance over time.

Equipped with Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification, awarded to products that can be used within a sustainable and environmentally friendly textile supply chain, the spray, thanks to its formulation, does not interfere with the natural bacterial flora of the skin as it has passed the cytotoxicity tests and skin tests for the skin, respecting the European and international standards of reference. Among the fashion companies that have already adopted the solution: Diesel, Roncato, Delsey and Marzotto, recently joined by Fifth Avenue International, an international group based in Hong Kong that offers turnkey packages to fashion companies that want to develop in Asia.

Another collaboration in this area is that between the Brazilian group Rhodia-Solvay and the Mantuan Fulgar, specialized in the market of innovative man-made fibers. The Brazilian company has in fact entrusted Fulgar with the production and distribution at European level of a new polyamide yarn with antiviral and antimicrobial properties called Q-Skin powered by Amni Virus-Bac Off.

Developed in record time in the research laboratories of the Rhodia-Solvay company in Paulínia and Santo André, Brazil, the new yarn is effective against the proliferation of bacteria and the transmission of viruses, thanks to the antiviral and antibacterial agent permanently incorporated into its polymer matrix. Electron affinity with proteins present in the external structure of the virus causes this agent to prevent tissues from becoming a host surface for the spread of harmful viruses and bacteria found on the tissue, helping to reduce the risk and speed of contamination.

The antiviral and antibacterial properties of Q-Skin are perennial and translate into benefits for garments, which remain unchanged even after numerous washes, unlike post-treatments. Available in Europe from November, the yarn can be used for the production of casual, sports, workwear, socks, shoes and accessories, protective masks and hospital clothing.