Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Textiles treated with silver nano-particles become more popular
Textiles treated with silver nano-particles become more popular
Dec '10
The use of silver nano-particles in all kinds of consumer goods in daily use, such as personal hygiene articles, cosmetics, food, refrigerators, protective plant sprays and, above all, textiles, has considerable commercial potential and is increasing all the time. Although over 1000 kilograms of nano-silver is already being used each year in environmentally sensitive areas, extremely little is yet known about its effects on the environment.

With the aim of confirming that textiles treated with silver nano-particles do not cause any harm, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, together with 16 partners from research institutions, industry and the regulatory authorities, are working on a major project to investigate the behavior, whereabouts and effect of the particles in the environment.

The results of the undertaking, which will be carried out in response to the call by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) for research projects on "NanoNature: nano technologies for environmental protection" may be of use to the textile industry in increasing its competitiveness and to the general public by improving people's health and environmental conditions.

Under the project management of the University of Bremen, the Hohenstein Institute has been made responsible as sub-project leader for the practical application of actual products. When textile products treated with silver nano-particles are used in everyday life, they represent an unknown ecological factor on which the Hohenstein Institute for Textile Innovation would like to shed some light for the first time.

The antimicrobial effect of nano-particles of silver, which has been used for centuries, not least for purifying drinking water, prevents textiles becoming colonised by pathogenic or odour-forming bacteria.

Textiles treated in this way are used for all kinds of purposes: medical textiles (special underwear for sufferers of neurodermatitis, operating theatre gowns, bandages), sport and leisure wear, protective working clothes, domestic textiles (e.g. blankets, curtains) and technical textiles (e.g. cleaning cloths, filters). During production or when they are rubbed during use, during washing and when they are disposed of, the antimicrobial effect of silver can affect processes in various media in the environment.

Project leader Dr. Claßen would like to prove that this does not cause any harm to the microflora in the water, soil and ground water: "With this major project, we are closing a big gap in textile research. The data we obtain in the project about the characteristic features of the size, shape and surface properties of silver nano-particles will form an important basis for assessing the risk that textiles treated with silver nano-particles pose to the environment."

Hohenstein Institute

Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Jun 2017

Half of 7,000 new apparel online each day target women

Adobe has released its first Digital Price Index for apparels,...

Textiles | On 25th Jun 2017

First Insight, Chico's FAS enter partnership

First Insight, a technology company transforming how retailers make...

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Jun 2017

Expand changing use of social and web resources

With over 400 million impressions to date and web traffic of over two ...

Interviews View All

Arvind Saraf
Triveni Sarees

e-Commerce is still evolving fast with constant flux and surprises

Smith Vaghasia
Sanado India

Online remains the best destination for shopping

Frank Gossmann
Rotorcraft AG

‘RT3 motto is: Do not check millimetres, check colours.’

Larry L Kinn
Suominen Corporation

Larry L Kinn, Senior Vice President - Operations Americas of Suominen...

Kevin Nelson

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company

One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


news category

Related Categories:
June 2017

June 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search