repair t-shirt

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This Italian made t-shirt can clean polluted air and remove pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides.
Can a T-shirt clean our air? Here comes a brand-new invention by Kloters, the RepAir t-shirt is the next revolution in the fashion industry which could remove all the unwanted pollutants from the air. The t-shirt has the potential to absorb the emissions from 2 cars and is completely sustainable.

Fashion industry pollutes the environment

When we think of contamination or pollution, we only envision coal power plants and large industries. We often forget one material which is on us every day, the shirts on our backs. The overall impact the apparel industry has on our planet is quite ugly. Fashion is a complex business connecting long and wide-ranging supply chains of production, raw material, textile manufacture, clothing construction, shipping, retail, use and eventual disposal of the garment. The apparel industry is considered as the second most polluting industry in the world.

But a group of designers from Italy is completely changing the way fashion industry is looked upon by their new invention the RepAir t-shirt. The beauty of this invention is that the shirt can absorb air pollution and can trap up to emission accounting from 2 cars. The T-shirt is very effective because it relies on passive circulation rather than a pump to filter the air.

RepAir t-shirt uses a material made of anti-bacterial properties
The material that goes into the making of RepAir t-shirt holds inbuilt air cleaning properties. The material consists of anti-bacterial carbon mesh that absorbs and traps air pollutants. The shirts are made from cotton grown locally in Italy which uses less water and pesticides.

The real challenge for these new inventions to reach large scale is the effort by the consumers to choose brands sensibly. Until consumers prefer to contribute to sustainability by wisely choosing brands, the fashion industry will continue to be a major contributor to pollution.

Image: Kloters