IIT, Delhi

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has launched two starts ups–an antiviral T-shirts and a Covid-19 protection lotion at affordable prices.

The two startups are–E-TEX and Clensta–which are part of an antiviral kit, were inaugurated by IIT, Delhi 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 explained that the Covid-19 Protection Lotion launched by the start up named “Clensta” offers 99.9 per cent virus protection with antiviral and antiseptic properties for up to 24 hours.

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