New Water, Oil Repellent Fabric
Researchers at University of British Columbia have developed a new non-toxic, high-performance water-repellent fabric in association with apparel giant Arcteryx. They are now one step closer to creating world's first non-toxic oil nad water-repellent performance textile finishes.The currently used outdoor fabrics are treated with perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) to repel oil and water. Such materials have detrimental impact on human health and the environment. The researchers added a nanoscopic layer of silicone to each fibre in a woven fabric to create a jacket fabric without PFCs. The new product was possible by understanding how the textile weave and firbre roughness affect the liquid interactions. It is made from biodegradable materials and can be recyclable. While the new technology has immense potential, there are still several more years of development and testing needed before people will see fabrics with this treatment in stores.