Changing your underwear is something everyone does on a regular basis. It’s a necessity really, when you consider how much bacteria and how many bodily functions take place right next to the cloth. However, some companies have taken it as a personal challenge to design antimicrobial underwear, as well as odor killing underwear.
Who’s Doing What Now?
There are several companies on the market who have taken up the torch and begun designing underwear that simply stops all of the smells people associate with these garmeants. Shreddies are one such garmeant. Created by a British company, and purchased by Americans, this odor neutralizing underwear has a fiber called Zorflex woven into the back panel. This unique carbon fiber material neutralizes the stink created when someone farts, which can save a lot of embarrassmeant, and probably keep a few intimate momeants from going the way of the dodo.
Other products, like Trevira Bioactive, are actually being used by astronauts to help keep their clothes smelling fresh and feeling clean. With no microbes and bacteria there’s no smell, which can really cut down on the amount of laundry one does. These particular undergarmeants are slated for up to a month of solid wear, which is pretty impressive when you really think about how often people have to change and wash their underwear.
It might seem kind of frivolous at first to design antibacterial underwear. After all, it’s just underwear, what’s the big deal? However, while the current use of the materials that have been discovered might not seem overly important, that doesn’t mean there aren’t long-ranging effects in the future.
For example, space travel could be made a great deal more practical with garmeants that helped cut down on the naturally occurring bacteria generated by people. There’s no need to wash clothes anywhere near as often, and that results in some major problems being fixed. The same could be said of prisoners, where laundry is a serious issue, and where cutting it down to washing everything once a month might make the budget stretch a whole lot further. Water preservation implications are a big deal, but so are all of the other uses that anti-bacterial fabrics could be put to in places like the medical field, or in laboratories. In the mean time though, everyone has access to underwear that simply doesn’t stink quite so much.