Springwise: Clothing That Purifies The Air As You Walk

Springwise: Clothing That Purifies The Air As You Walk

Multi-tasking is taken to a new level with clothing that turns air pollutants into non-harmful chemicals through exposure to light.

Caroline Ku
  • 13 july 2011

Trying to make sustainability an effortless part of everyday life has long been a driving force behind innovation, with the in.gredients package-free grocery store being a recent notable example. Now taking this convenience to heights we’ve never seen before, Catalytic Clothing claims to have developed the technology to create clothing that purifies the air around it.

The project, sponsored by Ecover, comes from a collaboration between arist Helen Storey MBE, Professor at London College of Fashion University of the Arts London; and chemist Tony Ryan OBE, Professor at The University of Sheffield. Using photocatalysts — which are bound to the surface of the fabrics during the traditional laundry procedure — the clothing draws energy from light, and uses this to break down water in the air into radicals. These highly reactive molecules then react with pollutants to break them down into non-harmful chemicals. A similar process involving photocatalysts is actually already in use products such as paints, paving stones and cement. The video below starring model Erin O-Connor and featuring a soundtrack by Radiohead helps convey the project’s ethos:

(Fe) Catalytic Clothing from Protein® on Vimeo.

Originally published on Springwise, republished with kind permission.

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