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Great news for all of you diligent hand-washing, social distancing mask-wearers — now there’s virus protection for your clothes.
It’s called Ruco-Bac AGP. And although it sounds like a children’s cough medicine or a Dow Jones trading symbol, it’s actually a huge breakthrough in textile innovation.
Ruco-Bac AGP is the most comprehensive antibacterial and antiviral textile finishing solution to date. Developed by the Rudolf Group in Germany, Ruco-Bac AGP’s antimicrobial capabilities are rooted in the unique properties of silver (a centuries-old treatment for microbial infection, before the invention of antibiotics) which are mounted on proprietary microstructures for strength and efficacy.
In human speak: when applied to textiles, it protects against bacteria and viruses without harming your skin or wearing off in the wash. Also, a little goes a long way, which is great from a sustainability perspective.
Ruco-Bac AGP’s protective powers are only relevant to the textile to which it is applied. So while it won’t stop you from contracting Covid-19, it can help stop the transmission of a virus that lands on your clothing.
Some fashion execs believe the ideal scenario would be seeing a product like Ruco-Bac AGP applied to heavily shared textiles, such as airline seat cushions and gym equipment. Time will tell. But hopefully not too much time!