Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Clothes that clean themselves

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

The German Focus magazine reported yesterday about a new technology that means that clothes made with it no longer would have to be washed – they clean themselves.

It sounds like science fiction – remember the jacket in Back to the Future II that dried itself?

Or maybe it’s April Fool’s Day and I didn’t notice?

No – it’s serious. The textiles are treated with titanium dioxide, which reacts with sunlight to set off nanoparticles that remove dirt and bad smells, and this has more far-reaching implications that just not having to wash your clothes.

Firstly, the titanium dioxide is considered non-toxic to the environment, and secondly, by not having to wash the clothes the amount of detergent released into the water supply would be reduced.

Great news for the fashion industry and the environment – not so good news for makers of washing machines and washing powder!


By continuing to use this website, you agree to the use of cookies. [more information]

This website uses cookies to give you the best browsing experience possible. Cookies are small text files that are stored by the web browser on your computer. Most of the cookies that we use are so-called “Session cookies”. These are automatically deleted after your visit. The cookies do not damage your computer system or contain viruses. Please read our privacy information page for more details.