EMBEDDED INGREDIENTS WITH ADDED FUNCTIONS FROM NATURE
Most of the natural additives can be embedded in synthetic as well as in natural man-made fibers, i.e. cellulose-based Viscose or Lyocell. The In Yarn Naturals have a more durable performance. Plant-based and organic mineral-based ingredients can be embedded in the fiber as well as for use in natural finishings.
ROASTED COFFEE GROUNDS (FOOD WASTE)- The coffee bean swells while being roasted, which means that the space inside the bean expands. These micropores of roasted coffee grounds absorb odors and reflect UV-rays. In their S.Café® fabric technology, Singtex integrates coffee grounds into the surface of polyester yarn, changing the characteristics of the filament, offering up to 200% faster drying times compared to cotton.
ALGAE/SEAWEED - Seaweed is pure and rich in essential substances such as vitamins, trace elements, amino acids and minerals. The substances found in seaweed hydrate the skin and help to activate cell regeneration, which in turn can help to relieve skin diseases, reduce inflammation and soothe itchiness. Its high level of antioxidants protects the skin against harmful free radicals, which damage our skin cells. Ingredients of Seaweed are for example embedded in SeaCell™LT and MT – a Lyocell-based wellness fiber using raw and organic algae from Iceland. The collect of seaweed is certified as sustainable harvesting. The natural moisture level of the skin enables an active exchange of those beneficial substances between the fiber and the skin, providing a noticeable sense of wellbeing. Source.
CAFFEINE - Caffeine can dehydrate fatty cells. This minimizes the appearance of cellulite. The antioxidants contained in caffeine can attack these free radicals and eliminate them.
ALOE VERA - The soothing and anti-microbial properties of aloe vera help to disinfect wounds and are popularly used in helping to heal sunburn. It is renowned for its hydrating properties and is a fantastic source of vitamins C and E, which are renowned for their ability to help protect the body against potential harm from free radical molecules. Aloe vera promotes the production of collagen to keep skin healthy, and has resultantly, anti-aging properties. The Aloe Vera provides the fabric a soft touch, with silky features. Source. The functional fabric brand M.I.T.I spa has created, for example, a fabric collection with embedded natural ingredients such as aloe vera and caffeine by using the cosmetic fibers from NOVAREL. They combine the benefits of compression with the functions derived from the embedded natural extracts in the yarn by combining the compression of a high stretch warp knit fabric with molecules of caffeine to help control the orange peel effect and cellulite.
ARGAN OIL - Originating from the fruit of the argan spinosa tree from Morocco, argan oil contains vitamin E and fatty acids offering numerous benefits for skin protection, creating a feeling of comfort and hydration which helps fight against dry skin. Source.
ORGANIC- & MINERAL BASED INGREDIENTS
OYSTER-SHELL (FOOD WASTE) - The so-called seawool fabric is made from upcycled oyster shell, which is sustainably collected from oyster farms in Taiwan, and embedded in recycled polyester from PET bottles. Seawool naturally prevents odor caused by bacteria growing on the fabric, keeping the fabric and garment smelling fresher. Seawool is antistatic, soft to the touch and provides natural insulation, keeping the body warm in cold temperatures.
OCEAN COLLAGEN - Ocean collagen peptides are made of upcycled fish scale (food waste) and have moisturizing, hypo-allergenic and natural deodorizing properties: The Taiwanese textile company UMORFIL has created a fiber out of recycled fish scale food waste and upcycled it into textile ingredients, creating at the same time a skin-friendly material suitable for hypoallergenic skin. The collagen peptide of the recycled fish scales can be embedded in polyester (Umorfil T), in nylon (Umorfil N6) and in viscose (Umorfil Beauty Fiber). Source,
JADE - Jade has very low thermal conductivity, meaning it absorbs heat very slowly and would take a long time to warm up even in hot conditions. Therefore, fabrics featuring jade can remain cool, relative to your body, for an extended period of time. Source.
ACTIVATED CARBON - Activated carbon with its billions of micropores, has a very huge internal surface with remarkable moisture absorption and odor control properties. It can be applied on the surface of the fabric by direct application and also by embedding the particles into the fiber. Source. Activated carbon can be generated from various raw materials such as wood, coal, coconut or also rice husk. It is a natural renewable resource derived mostly from food waste. It keeps clothes comfortable, fresh and odor-free. Source.
TRIPOROUS - Triporous is a porous carbon material with a unique microstructure made from rice husk, a by-product of food production. In addition to micropores (2 nm or less) found in conventional activated carbon, many mesopores (up to 50 nm) and macropores (50 nm or more) that are larger than the micropores are present in a complex form. This allows the material to deliver the property of easily adsorbing large molecular weight substances, which up to now was difficult with conventional materials. By combining tripourous powder and rayon, triporous can be made into a fiber for long lasting deodorizing. Source.