Innovation in antiviral materials

Antiviral Materials feature

As social distancing and frequent sanitisation become indispensable parts of our daily routines, it is integral to incorporate personal protective equipment, which offer extra protection and certainty during these unprecedented times.

Dynamic technological innovation has led to the engineering of new medical apparel, which eradicates harmful microbes on the surface of intelligent materials. Antimicrobial properties not only offer a secure, comfortable user experience but also ensure that elasticated and snug fits promote breathability and ease-of-use.

Ionic+TM self-cleaning textiles

Noble Biomaterials is a global leader in intelligent materials, providing innovative, dynamic solutions in the healthcare and medical fields for over two decades. The multinational company has revolutionised the use of silver in consumer apparel, utilising its enduring antimicrobial effects.

Its groundbreaking Ionic+ technology has harnessed the strength of positive ions to eradicate microbes on soft surfaces, including bacteria, viruses, fungus, and mould on fabrics. Ionic+ results in the release of positively charged ions in the presence of moisture accumulation, eliminating bacteria and microbes on the surface area of your garments, resulting in fewer washings whilst saving precious resources and time. Made with ions found in water, land and sea, Ionic+ can be used in a range of textiles, including healthcare and military uniforms, sportswear, footwear, tailored clothing, bedding and towels! As a US EPA-registered antimicrobial manufacturer, Ionic+ offers users powerful, permanent protection.

The natural strength of positively charged silver ions from yarn or fibre eliminate microbes through an inventive self-cleaning fabric. Ionic+ combats microbial growth and odour, a result of accumulated moisture and sweat. Sweat is generally neutral smelling, but individual moisture and microbiome can often turn clothing into a breeding ground for bacteria proliferation.

The world is full of invisible microbes in clothing, footwear, bedding, and towels; humans can detect at least 1 trillion different odours. Renowned for promoting fabric hygiene through layered protection, Noble Biomaterials have innovated odour-free garments for their powerful potential in inducing self-confidence. Ionic+ promotes conscious resource-efficiency through its self-cleaning fabric, which means that cooler temperatures can be used to save energy when laundering. Fabric durability ensures Ionic+ garments promote less washing and multiple wearings. When clothing and footwear is resistant to microbes, it is less likely to be weakened by bacteria, discolouration and deterioration.

Ionic+ offers three levels of Ionic+ technology: metalised, extruded, and topical. In its metalised form, 99.9% pure silver is purely bonded to the surface of fibre, filaments, fabrics and foams. Ionic+ extruded form has positively charged silver ions permanently embedded into the fibre or filament. The topical variant of Ionic+ has positively charged ions added to the fabric in its final stage. Ionic+ extruded fibre and filament are available in GRS-certified recycled polyester.

With its Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 accreditation, Ionic+ is certified in its support of human ecology through biocompatibility. Noble Biomaterials uses zero harmful substances in the manufacturing cycle, with zero nanoparticles.

As a registered FDA medical device facility, Noble Biomaterials is an essential technology supplier of medical components to the US military and healthcare industry.



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Carrington Textiles’ groundbreaking antimicrobial treated mask

Carrington Textiles is committed to finding intelligent, optimum solutions in protective wear.

Carrington Textiles has launched its antimicrobial treated mask, with distinct adjustable, washable and anti-odour properties. The Carrington Mask is also available in a range of exciting and vibrant colours and prints.

An internationally acclaimed textile supplier in workwear, Carrington Textiles is one of Europe’s leading industry titans. It operates in over 80 countries across the world, with bases located in the UK, mainland Europe and Asia. Originating in Lancashire, UK in 1891, Carrington Textiles has cultivated a legacy of innovation, dynamism, and continued excellence.

With 130 years of experience in the textile processing and finishing operations, Carrington Textiles guarantees an enhanced workplace experience. The company proudly manufactures over 55 million metres of fabric annually, with over 60% of their original products reaching new markets.

The new Carrington Mask boasts multiple qualities-it is reusable, machine washable, and enduring. The mask is powered with HeiQ Viroblock, a treatment combining a potent advanced silver and a vesicle technology which combats the presence of microbes on fabric surfaces, including the bacteria that cause unpleasant odours.

This intelligent textile technology is added in the final stage of the textile manufacturing process.

HeiQ Viroblock is renowned for its dynamic self-sanitising properties and is the proud recipient of the Swiss Technology Award 2020. The technology is EU REACH

and US FIFRA compliant, with a prestigious OEKO-TEX® certification. The treatment is composed of 100% cosmetic grade ingredients and is able to withstand up to 30 gentle washes. In addition to the positive environmental impact, HeiQ Viroblock is non-toxic, non-sensitising, non-irritant and hypoallergenic.


The Carrington Mask has been formulated with everyday comfort in mind, with a soft cotton and lycra fabric which fits snugly according to your individual face shape. The elasticity offers optimal ease of use, with adjustable ear loops to promote a comfortable yet durable experience.

The innovative new antimicrobial masks are available on the Carrington Textiles online shop in 12 different models. With six exciting Christmas prints perfect for the festive season, customers are poised for optimal comfort and protection during the happiest time of the year. An additional two camouflage prints promote a bespoke, contemporary look, whilst four unicolour masks lend to a classic, refined fashion style.

Carrington Textiles is generously donating 10% of its total sales to Lancashire-based charities Derian House Children’s Hospice and Inspire Youth Zone.

Please note that the antimicrobial treated face masks are not intended for medical use and do not substitute other recommended measures and guidelines to prevent the spread of viruses.


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