Fabric to Clean the World
Technical fabrics are constantly gaining new abilities. The latest smart cloth for the environmentally sound suit enthusiast enables the cloth to absorb pollution particles
We’ve all seen Kingsman and marvelled at Eggsy’s and Harry Hart’s bullet proof double breasted suits; the technology actually exists in real life, at both the US DARPA and UK’s DERA extensive research has gone into blended fibres, weaving both man made Kevlar and engineered spider’s silk for clothing and some of that has made it into the work wear and suits worn by government operatives on both sides of the pond. Tech compliant, smartphone and wire-less enabled coats and jackets are widely available – especially for skiing and outdoor enthusiasts.
It is no surprise then that many cloth and fabric manufacturers have been looking at the other great issue confronting us: pollution. A couple of English cloth manufacturers have for some years been in close collaboration with scientists at the University of Huddersfield to develop cloth that safely absorbs carbon monoxide and a small amount of sulphur oxides and neutralises them. The environmentally conscious wearer is not only looking decidedly dapper but is also cleaning the air as they walk. “This is a game changer” Dr Samantha Quirrell of the university’s Centre of Clothing Materials, “the potential is vast, especially for those suffering from respiratory concerns; if embraced the collective ability of thousands of wearers to make a real change to their air quality is incredible.”
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Given Huddersfield weaver’s close links to Savile Row, it is unsurprising that among the first firms to embrace this new technological cloth are the street’s renowned tailors. Currently only available on request the initial batches have only been developed in navy and dark grey as the carbon collected causes any lighter shade to quickly look rather dirty. Sadly a flexible integrated smart screen in the sleeve has not yet been developed (that would though be rather cool – maybe Kingsman 3?) but for those environmentally concerned luxury consumers, this new cloth will allow you to bask in the feel of the world’s best tailoring whilst also actively helping cut pollution – and create a little bubble of cleaner air around you.