Nanomaterials in textiles can either improve existing properties or introduce completely new functionalities. Nano-enhanced textiles can be dirt- and water-repellent, breathable, conductive and antistatic. They offer protection against UV light, have an increased wear and wrinkle resistance or resistance to stains and can reduce infestation of bacteria or fungi.
Besides these personal advantages, replacing traditional materials with nanomaterials for textile applications can help to reduce their environmental or health-related impact as well as reduce the environmental burden. Less material is needed to achieve the same results and a decreased washing frequency helps saving energy and water.
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