Two start-ups – E-TEX and Clensta incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – have jointly launched antiviral T-shirts and a COVID-19 protection lotion at an affordable price.
The products are part of an antiviral kit that has Clensta protection lotion, hand sanitisers, E-TEX Kawach antiviral T-shirts and Kawach masks.
These have been developed with the support and expertise of the chemical and textile department of IIT, Delhi.
The antiviral shirts have been manufactured using the advanced technology that is proven to reduce the likelihood and speed of contaminations and transmissions by destroying micro-organisms on contact.
The garments can retain the antimicrobial properties even after 30 washes at mild condition. The finishing is done on cellulosic fibres which are safe for human contact and on the environment.
The lotion offers 99.9 per cent virus protection with antiviral and antiseptic properties for up to 24 hours.
“The product is a breakthrough advancement in the formulation of engineering chemistry with first-of-its-kind PAP Technology (Prolonged Antiviral Technology) to prevent bacterial, viral and fungal infections without harming the environment and human health and advanced hand sanitiser is formulated with increased alcohol retention time to be effective prevention against multiple viruses,” said Bipin Kumar, Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, IIT Delhi.
The product can be used on any exposed part of the body including face and is said to keep the virus away for almost 24 hours and reduces the extended use of alcohol-based sanitisers and washing hands multiple times a day.