A company called KOUP has come up with the worlds first activewear made with cinnamon! The company says that their clothing is the latest eco-friendly, permanent performance 100% recyclable alternative.
But how do they exactly make clothing with cinnamon? Technically, the clothing is made using 100% recycled plastic. Cinnamon acts as an active ingredient in the cloth. Cinnamon extracts are used to make the cloth anti-microbial and odor proof.
Their campaign page says, “The anti-microbial property of cinnamon has long been recognized and proven by the medical community, its use dated back as early as 2000 B.C. by the Egyptians as preservatives. It is a natural material obtained from the inner bark of several tree species. and is often used as a spice or flavoring in our food, whether it's your morning cinnamon roll or your evening takeout curry.
The anti-odor function of clothing typically derives from the inhibition of sweat-eating bacteria (most commonly Staphylococcus Aureus). Current odor control (anti-microbial) technologies in performance apparel mostly use coatings incorporating harmful chemicals / heavy metals such as Zinc Pyrithione (ZPT) or silver. Several reports have indicated these coatings leach (wash out) heavily and damage the environment and our health.”
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“They have also been linked to problems such as increased risks of antimicrobial resistance. This has prompted us to search for new technologies that do not have the leaching problem, as we do not believe current technologies are safe. Other alternatives involve silver being coated on yarns which is less prone to the leaching issue, but this makes our clothing non-recyclable and hence does not align with our ethos. For natural materials claiming anti-microbial functions such as wool and bamboo, there is a lack of testing evidence to support their performance as they depend mostly on the absorption of odor, rather than dealing with the source of the odor. “ Says Koup.
At Koup, they use the natural anti-bacterial property of cinnamon to develop their performance T-shirt based on a patented cinnamon yarn technology. They also took a step further and combined it with recycled plastic to save ocean waste.
Who knew that a common spice from our kitchen could also be used to make clothing?
You can click here to check out Koup’s kickstarter campaign.