A research says that one out of every five people suffer from body odour. Sweating is a way by which our body relieves itself from its heat. Sweat does not have an odour by itself. It is the bacteria living in our skin that works with the sweat and create acids which produce odour.
Omikenshi Co., Ltd, a Japanese based firm, manufactures a number of fibres that are quoted with materials obtained in a natural way from plants and animals. These fibres are anti bacterial and anti allergic in nature and exhibit deodorizing abilities when exposed to sunlight.
Sundia branded fibres: These fibres possess antibacterial abilities. It has the ability to fight bacteria and hence these viscose fibres can be used for manufacturing aromatic fabrics that can control body odour and also good for people who wish to avoid ultra violet radiation. The deodorizing effect is obtained when the fabric is exposed to sunlight for minimum five hours.
Crabyon branded fibres: They are manufactured from a material called Chitosan derived from Chitin, obtained from the shells of crab and shellfish. These fibres are anti allergic, anti microbic and anti bacterial, and are capable to fight bacteria and other germs. Easiness of manufacturing and quickness in dyeing are its plus points. The anti allergic and high moisture absorption qualities of this fabric enhances its capability to be used in manufacturing garments which has direct skin contact, baby clothes, sports wear etc.
Kishu Binchotan fibres: They are made from the materials obtained from viscose and charcoal derived from oven-baked oak. These fibres provide protection against body odour, and also support blood circulation by discharging infrared radiation.
Fruity Fabric: Omikenshi Co has developed a rayon fibre manufactured with emulsified grape fruit extract and has a strong aroma of grapes. This fabric is distinguished from the other ones manufactured with aromatic capsules attached to it. The aromatic solution is mixed and the rayon fibres are weaved, which enables a fruity fragrance to float out through small openings in the garment.
Researches are further being made to explore the options of manufacturing special fibres from squalene, a material derived from sharks liver. Squalene plays a vital role in safeguarding a persons health. Daiwabo, another Japanese based company has manufactured a new deodorant called Deometafi which is able to form ionic bonds with the fibres and can control body odour.
Teijin Company has now developed a new fibre based on polylactic acid which is heat stable and is a good alternative to traditional polyesters. Ecocircle, a new system for recycling old and discarded synthetic garments is also adopted by them. They have also developed new polyester for making sports wear which can absorb and let the moisture out very quickly.
Morpho fibres: Further more, Teijn has developed a photo chromic morpho fibre that builds various colors by light inter-ference. It is a structurally colored fibre comprising of nylon or polyester, having 61 layers in four basic colors of red, yellow, blue and green. This color producing concept is evolved from male Morpho sulkowskyi butterfly of the tropical North American regions renowned for its bright blue colored wings. Vibrant colors would then be produced without using any artificial chemicals or dyes.
Three Japanese companies have developed a polyester fabric as an alternative of polyurethane (PU) foam, which can be used as cushioning material in furnitures. Polyurethane foam cannot be recycled and also releases hazardous toxins while it burns. This new polyester will overcome all the drawbacks of the PU foam.
Consumers, now a days are becoming more and more aware of environmental safety, health and hygiene. Hence, health, safety and environmental conditions are the prime considerations that drive the Japanese companies into such kind of research and substantial outputs. Sustainable growth and evolution of a company depends on the activities of the company to manufacture products that are friendlier with the global environment.
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