Using the microcapsules containing fragrances and essential oils, our microencapsulation technology can be applied to various textile applications, such as socks, tights, underwear, as well as carpets and rugs to mask odours and/or create the desired scent. Using microencapsulation, you can create smart fabrics for bedding accessories and mattresses delivering essential oils and fragrances for relaxation, stress relief and better sleep.
Fragrances and essential oils tend to volatilise during washing and drying. Microencapsulating the substances in a water-insoluble shell, they survive repeated washing and release the fragrance for a long time, ensuring the scent’s durability.
Microencapsulation can be used for applying pharmaceutical and cosmetic ingredients to the fabrics. Active substances are released when getting in contact with the human body.
Essential oils, antioxidants, vitamins, skin softeners and moisturisers, and other substances can provide refreshing, relaxing and moisturising effects. Or, on the opposite, energising and revitalising effects. For sports clothing, microencapsulated arginine amino acids will help enhance moisture absorption and keep the skin pH balanced. There are many natural, eco-friendly substances that can be applied to the fabrics to deliver a variety of properties.
Antibacterial and antifungal textile
With pathogenic microorganisms becoming more resistant to antibiotics, functional fabrics possessing antimicrobial activity have great potential. Our technology enables us to develop a range of microcapsules containing antibacterial and antifungal ingredients, such as tea tree oil, that can be applied to socks, tights, underwear, T-shirts, or sweatshirts. Antibacterial and antifungal properties not only prevent infections and sores but also control the bacteria that contribute to the odour – no more stinky feet.
Microcapsules with disinfectants can be applied to sofas, rugs, carpets, curtains, or car seats, to satisfy the need of people allergic to dust mites. Representing a promising option for hotels, restaurants, schools, theatres, or hospitals, they can be combined with fragrances.
Microencapsulation can also be used to create functional fabrics possessing acaricidal activity. Since synthetic acaricides, such as pyrethroids, pose a risk of neurotoxicity to humans, microencapsulating oils, such as red thyme oil, represents a safe alternative.
Insect repellent textile
The microencapsulation offers new possibilities to incorporate active ingredients, such as insect repellents, into outdoor clothing, sleeping bags, camping tents, military uniforms, hunting and fishing garments.
Insect repellent textile is a revolutionary tool to control disease vectors, such as mosquitoes. Microencapsulation increases the anti-mosquito effect of mosquito nets by prolonging the release of the repellent agent. It also makes it possible to use essential oils (citronella, thyme, lemon or orange oils) as a safe alternative to DEET that causes toxic reactions.
There is also a possibility of creating bee-repellent textile using microencapsulated essential oils, such as lavender and fennel oils, as natural bee-repellent alternatives to DEET.
Due to the risk of skin cancer associated with excessive sun exposure, the fabric providing protection from harmful UV radiation is in high demand. Microencapsulating anti-UV radiation agents enables us to create a textile that blocks UV rays from reaching the skin and offers long-lasting UV protection.
Microencapsulation makes it possible to manage transpiration by incorporating antiperspirant ingredients into textile. The resulting smart fabrics will wick moisture away from the skin for the greater comfort of the wearer. Moisture management agents can also be combined with the ingredients against skin irritations and abrasions.
Fire retardant textile
Fire retardants applied to textile products to limit the flammability and release of toxic and corrosive gases often reduce the fabric’s softness. Microencapsulation can help overcome this problem.
There is a demand for fabrics that suit different climatic conditions, and microencapsulation technology is a promising tool. During hot temperatures or extensive physical exercise, perspiration is a body’s natural cooling mechanism. On the other hand, the resulting moisture needs to be rapidly evacuated when temperatures drop. Phase change materials (PCM) can improve thermal behaviour. But as PCMs transform from solid to liquid states, and vice versa, it deteriorates their durability. Microencapsulation of PCM can solve this challenge.
Integrated into clothing, the microcapsules provide fabrics with the ability to respond to body temperature. When you are hot, heat and sweat activate the cooling mechanism. When you get colder, sweat is reduced, and cooling function is disactivated. This automatic thermoregulation technology helps keep the body in a comfort zone, protecting it from hyper and hypothermia and maintaining the optimal thermal balance.
Our technology can be used for thermal underwear, sportswear and footwear, and professional clothing for divers, firefighters, police officers, or sailors. The thermoregulation effect can improve the comfort of bedding accessories, sleeping bags, vehicle seats, ski suits, or gloves. The smart fabric will help keep you cool when you feel hot and provide warmth when you feel cold, offering thermal and moisture comfort for a restful sleep.
Microencapsulation offers the possibility to create disposable textile, adhesive plasters or compression dressings for dermatological application. The bioactive substances are released into the outer skin layers to heal wounds, treat burns and injuries and dermatological diseases, such as skin ulcers and dermatoses. In addition, the thermoregulated functional textile can be used for heating/cooling therapy.
In hospitals, microencapsulated antibacterial agents can be applied to surgical clothing, disposable booties, bedding and patient gowns to help fight hospital infections and ensure a hygienic environment. This is particularly beneficial for immobilised patients. They can also be applied to adhesive bandages and wheelchaired patients to avoid skin infections.
These are just a few examples. There is a wide range of other applications of our advanced microencapsulation technology.