Covid-19: IIT-Delhi startups develop antiviral T-shirt, lotion
Two start-ups – E-TEX and Clensta – incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi have together launched an affordable range of antiviral t-shirts and a COVID-19 protection lotion.
The products, which are part of an antiviral kit, were unveiled by institute director V Ramgopal Rao on Friday. The kit consists of a novel Clensta protection lotion, hand sanitiser, E-TEX kawach antiviral t-shirt and kawach mask.
The products have been backed by experts from chemical and textile department of IIT, Delhi.
According to officials, the antiviral fabric designed by startup E-TEX, has been designed using advanced technology which reduces the likelihood and speed of contaminations and transmissions by destroying micro-organisms on contact.
The antimicrobial property of the garment remains effective even after 30 washes at mild condition. The finishing is done on cellulosic fibres, which is safe for human contact and on the environment.
"The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing for an all-time-high demand of multi-functional anti-viral and microbial apparels. Developing cost-effective bio-clothing with antiviral and antimicrobial functionalities through local resources and resilient manufacturing can deactivate the viral threats, can efficiently stop or slow the spread of the virus. Further, this will boost the local economy for textile and garment sectors," said Bipin Kumar, department of textile and fibre engineering, IIT Delhi.
Kumar noted that the COVID-19 protection lotion launched by the start up named "Clensta" offers 99.9% virus protection with antiviral and antiseptic properties for up to 24 hours.
"The product can be used over any exposed part of the body including face and hands. The application of the product keeps users safe from viruses by disrupting it for almost 24 hours and reduces the extended use of alcohol-based sanitizers and washing hands multiple times a day," he claimed.
Puneet Gupta, founder of Clensta International said, “Amid the ongoing pandemic, it is of utmost importance to maintain personal hygiene. To cope with the rising demand of sanitisation products, we extend a new range of affordable antiviral products to provide long term protection in one use.”