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This shirt is immune to liquid stains

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Silic is a new Kickstarter project that is offering t-shirts that resist water-based substances, meaning they're never ruined by liquid stains.

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This is part of a new series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

Spilling red wine on a white shirt usually means that the garment is a write-off and it’s time to buy a replacement. Aiming to disprove this thinking, Silic is a new Kickstarter project that is offering t-shirts that resist water-based substances, meaning they’re never ruined by liquid stains.

Although the items in the Silic range look and feel like regular t-shirts, the fabric used features a coating of hydrophobic nanotechnology made of silica particles, which trap a layer of air between the material and any liquid it may come into contact with. The coating repels water droplets, which form into spheres and roll off the shirt instead of being soaked up. The shirts are machine washable and don’t contain any unsafe products, according to the manufacturers. The t-shirts, which are currently available in black or white, can be purchased for USD 48 and the Kickstarter campaign will run until 26 January, although it’s already broken its initial target of USD 20,000 by nearly ten times.

The video below shows the shirt in action:

Much like Wool & Prince, whose shirts can apparently be worn for 100 days without needing a wash, the Silic range not only reduces the frequency with which wearers need to to clean their clothes, but also increases the products’ lifespans, benefitting the environment. Are there other ways to make clothes last longer?


Spotted by Murray Orange, written by Springwise

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