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Characteristics of coconut shell fibre
fabrics offer superior comfort and enhanced performance in a variety ofclothing applications. Cocona
fabric provides protection from harmful UV rays;successfully manage odours, static, and moisture. Independent laboratory testsmeasuring the amount of time a wet fabric takes to dry at room temperature,fabrics made with Cocona
dried significantly faster than other leading moisture-wicking fabrics including polyester (50 per cent faster), cotton (92 per cent faster),and bamboo (96 per cent faster). Fabrics made with Cocona
yarns and fibres areinherently lightweight, comfortable, and easy-care.Activated carbon has been used for centuries to purify drinking water and toabsorb toxins. When incorporated into yarns and fibres, it creates a fabric thatprovides highly effective evaporative cooling, odour control, and superior UVprotection, upto 50+UPF (the highest possible rating). Because Cocona®technology is inside the fibre; it cannot wash off or wear out like ordinary surfacetreatments to fabrics.
The distinctive benefits of Cocona
•Evaporative cooling - Cocona
fabrics dry faster providing increased comfortwhile reducing the amount of time and energy required drying garments afterwashing. Activated carbon embedded within the yarn of woven and knittedfabrics wicks moisture away from the skin and transports it to the fabric surfacefor rapid evaporation. Cocona
fabric’s powerful moisture managementproperties provide a 50 per cent increase in moisture transfer compared tostandard polyester•Odour adsorption - Activated carbon embedded within the yarns and fibresabsorbs a wide range of odour molecules. Odours emanating from the wearer,inherent in the fabric, and present in the surrounding environment are attractedto and trapped within the pores of the carbon, to keep the clothing fresherlonger, and reducing the need for daily washing. Odour molecules are releasedand the carbon renewed when the fabric is washed and dried•Durable - Cocona
performance is permanently embedded in the yarn and willnot wash out. Cocona
clothing lasts longer than items made from other organicfabrics such as pure cotton or bamboo•Comfort - Clothes made using Cocona
yarn are available in all weights for itemsthat feel softer, stay fresher, and wear more comfortably than other fabrics
Environmental benefits of coconut shell fibre
technology utilises recycled coconut shells that would have gone tolandfills. Suppliers convert the coconut shells into activated carbon, primarily forthe air and water filtration industries. Cocona
uses the particles that are toosmall to use in water and air filters, apply their processes and then combine itwith other fabrics. While this is not a completely “green” process it is muchbetter than using chemicals to treat the materials.
Applications of coconut shell fibre
Apparel made from the fibre helps spread and evaporate surface moisture rapidly,making it perfect for sportswear, undergarments, golf apparel and other activeapplications. Cocona
fibres are used in garments ranging from shirts, pants,shorts, outerwear, underwear, footwear, travel wear and tank tops.
UVProtectionWashDurableWide comfortRangeActive NaturalParticles
Cocona - activated carbon
• Activated carbon is usually derived from charcoal.• Cocona is derived from coconut husk.• There are 20 billion coconuts produced annually.• Activated carbon has a huge surface area, and is highly porous.• One gram has a surface area of around 500 m
/g or the size of two tennis courts.• It grabs stole odours through adsorption to its porous surface.• It uses evaporative cooling to move moisture (sweat) away from the skin.• Activated carbon also blocks out harmful UV radiation.• Carbon is activated either chemically or steam. It can be reactivated intumble drying.• The activated carbon finish is locked into the fibre polymer prior to spinning.
Garments made with Cocona
fabric provide up to50UPF, 2.5x more protection than ordinary polyester!
enhances the performance of above products largely
Antimicrobial/antibacterial fabrics Cocona
Treatments wash out over time andCarbon is renewed during regularlose their effectivenessmachine wash and dry cycleNot effective against existing odoursOdour molecules are adsorbed onto(smoke odours, body odours, etc.)the surface of the activated carbonStrict government regulationsActivated carbon is free of all(FIFRA, EPA)government regulationsChemicals kill all bacteria; goodAll natural - activated carbon isand badmade from coconut shellsProducts vary in effectivenessAll fabrics are tested and certified
Comparison with antimicrobial/antibacterial fabrics