If you abhor dingy looking clothing, hate stains and don’t like doing laundry in general, then hold tight, this t-shirt may grab your attention.
Just hot off the funding shelf at Kickstarter, the Silic t-shirt is designed to keep itself clean.
The shirt uses what is referred to as hydrophobic nanotechnology, which works to effectively repel liquids from clothing.
Using a hydrophobic textile which has built in nanotechnology that is microscopically woven into the fibers, the fabric contains layers of silica particles. This causes deposits of air to build up between the fabric and any spilled liquids. Therefore moisture does not penetrate the fabric, but is prevented from being absorbed and will roll off of the shirt.
Check out a spill in action:
The shirt can be washed, reportedly up to 80 times, before its repellant properties begin to diminish. It is recommended that it be tumbled dry on low heat every 3rd wash in order to renew the waterproof properties.
This type of repellant has actually been used in other products to increase waterproofing and wrinkle and stain resistance.
Although employing this type of technology to clothing may make some pause for concern, as choosing something made with silica particles may seem far from wearing natural fibers. However, the developers state that their process is safe, and does not use other types of silica in their clothing that has raised eyebrows because of cancerous compounds.
The developers of the clothing have created this version to incorporate the newest innovations available in these types of fabrics, but also seemingly have style in mind. They have enlisted a fashion designer who previously worked for Vera Wang to help with the t-shirt design.
Will the Silic shirt become a sought after fabric choice for those who are inclined to spill their beverages but always procrastinate on laundry day? Or will consumers prefer more natural blends, complete with stains and all?
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