Catalytic Clothing cleans the air

Fashion designers and scientists have teamed together to reduce air pollutants by developing new technology. The London College of Fashion with the University of Sheffield has produced a product that purifies the air when washed into clothing. Catalytic Clothing is the name of the project and uses fashion and science to explore what can be done using textiles.

Professor Tony Ryan from the University of Sheffield said the technology was technically excellent and user friendly. Those supporting Catalytic Clothing say it removes volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides both of which motor vehicles and industry emit.

The raw material titanium dioxide part of the purifying element is washed with clothing as an additive to clothing softeners. When the clothing dries it is instantly ready to straightaway remove the pollutants.

A designer at London College of Fashion and a practicing artist, Professor Helen Storey explained how the technology worked on a normal day. When you walk down the street by the movement of your walking you are purifying the air and thus passing on to the person behind you, cleaner air.

The technology is being expanded by the teams and is already in cement, paints and paving stones, which already have the properties of de-polluting. The technology is being taken to a brand new use since our clothing has a bigger surface area.

Wonderland was another project the two universities worked together on which created dissolvable clothing when it was placed in water. The process is expected to take at least another two years to completely complete and be released commercially.