Antiviral Solutions for healthcare workwear
Airinum mask with Viraloff

Antiviral Solutions by Polygiene

Airinum incorporates the highly effective Polygiene ViralOff technology into their masks and bags

What is antiviral technology?

Antiviral technology refers to additives that inhibit the spread of viruses on a particular material. The technology aims to reduce the risk of viral transmission, making the product safer and more hygienic. At the same time, it equips materials with a host of other valuable characteristics, including odor control.

It is vital in environments where impeding viral growth is critical to safety, such as healthcare or food prep settings. However, it is also increasingly common in everyday consumer products, especially those that we interact closely with or that may be shared between multiple users.

Polygiene ViralOff™ is an excellent example of an advanced antiviral textile solution. Utilized in hygiene-critical environments, as well as everyday fabrics, it protects garments and accessories from potentially harmful viruses.

What makes something antiviral?

On a fundamental level, technology is antiviral when it inhibits or destroys viruses, preventing them from infecting host cells and replicating. We can achieve this in several ways:

  • Virus inactivation – Some antiviral technologies work by disrupting the virus’ structure and essential functions.
  • Virus replication prevention – Antiviral technologies may operate by inhibiting viral reproduction and stopping the virus from making copies of itself and spreading.
  • Protein disruption – Antiviral solutions can bind to proteins that are essential to viral reproduction, blocking activity and preventing reproduction.
  • Immune system assistance – Antivirals can boost the body’s immune response to viruses, helping it to fight off the intruder by stimulating antibody production or activating immune cells.
  • DNA interference: Some technologies use RNA or DNA molecules to interfere with viral reproduction.
The inner lining of Tote Bag Pro by Airinum is treated with Polygiene ViralOff™ antimicrobial technology to keep the bag clear from unwanted bacteria and viruses
Diesel includes Polygiene ViralOff in their denim and lifestyle pieces

Natural vs manufactured antiviral solutions

Broadly speaking, we can break antiviral technologies into two groups—those that occur naturally and those we manufacture. Natural antiviral solutions are derived from naturally occurring sources, such as plants, herbs and other biological materials. Many everyday kitchen ingredients have antiviral properties, including garlic and ginger. Natural antivirals can have active antiviral properties. In other instances, we may need to process the substances to extract the active antiviral.

Manufactured antiviral solutions are synthesized in labs. With synthetic antivirals, we often draw inspiration from nature and attempt to mimic the properties and processes we see in natural substances. However, the controlled lab environment enables us to improve antiviral performance and design entirely new antiviral compounds.

Why is antiviral technology important?

In the wake of the pandemic, we understand better than ever the importance of developing effective hygiene technologies that prevent viral growth and help us control the spread of dangerous viruses. They enable us to protect vulnerable populations better, safeguard those treating viral infections and minimize disruption to essential services and our everyday lives.

According to the World Bank, the COVID-19 pandemic triggered the largest global economic crisis in more than a century, resulting in a “dramatic increase in inequality within and across countries”. The IMF calculates that the pandemic cost the global economy approximately $12.5 trillion (Reuters).

With this in mind, antiviral technology is vital for two principal reasons:

  1. It protects the health and well-being of individuals and communities directly by preventing the spread of potentially harmful viruses.
  2. It indirectly protects individuals and communities by limiting economic disruption and helping maintain service delivery and normal societal activity.   
Polygiene antiviral solutions enhance performance in healthcare products, such as scrubs, gloves and facemasks
Polygiene ViralOff is one of the key elements of the Caterpillar apparel line

Polygiene ViralOff – an industry-leading antiviral solution for products

Polygiene ViralOff™ is an antiviral textile treatment that inhibits the survival of viruses and microbes on fabrics. It uses silver chloride, which occurs naturally, reducing viral and microbial load on the surface.

In independent testing, it has been shown to reduce tested viruses, including SARS-Cov-2 (Covid-19), Influenza A, and Bird Flu, by 99.99% and is a highly effective antiviral treatment. As it tackles other microbes, it also helps eliminate unpleasant odors and keeps textiles smelling and feeling fresh. Bacteria are one of the primary causes of unpleasant odors in fabrics and anti-microbials can ensure textiles require less frequent washing. In turn, this reduces energy and water use, saves end-users time and money, and enhances product durability.

As Polygiene ViralOff™ is a textile treatment, businesses often utilize the technology in wearables, most notably clothing and apparel. While it is popular in fashion-oriented designs, it plays a critical role in enhancing performance in healthcare products, such as scrubs, gloves and facemasks. But its application is not limited to apparel. Manufacturers regularly incorporate it into furniture, bedsheets and accessories for handheld devices, amongst other products.

To learn more about our innovative technology, check out the Polygiene ViralOff™ product page or contact our experienced team to discuss how Polygiene solutions can add value to your products.