Manifattura Italiana Cucirini SPA (MIC), an Italian company specialized in the development of innovative yarns with low environmental impact, for the fashion, leather, footwear and furniture sectors, has developed a special sewing thread for personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly masks, to contribute to the COVID-19 emergency. The company says it has invited other companies in Italy and abroad to express their needs for this type of thread and in some cases, it decided to donate it for free.

 

“Thanks to this experience and to the know how in the field, in order to fulfil the demand of security and safety in the apparel industry, MIC Spa has developed a new treatment called SAFE that makes the sewing thread especially suitable for all sectors demanding protection, hygiene and odour controlling properties, including production of medical supplies like masks, gowns, and PPE, technical textiles and sportswear,” the company said in a press communication.

 

SAFE is said to be guaranteed to resist over 20 washes, following the garment’s washing instructions utilizing a PH neutral detergent for delicate garments. According to MIC: “SAFE treatment is compatible with all fibres – synthetic, artificial and natural – and it can be combined perfectly with other MIC treatments (i.e. water repellent PFC-free), without altering the characteristics and solidity of the treated sewing threads.”

*This treatment is performed with SANITIZER® (certified by Bluesign® and derma approved by Allergy UK), a disinfecting product that thanks to its properties can reduce the antibacterial and viral load up to 99%.

MIC treated sewing threads are tested and approved according to international standards ASTM G21 (antifungal) and JIS L 1902 (antibacterial). Threads antiviral properties are tested in independent laboratories, therefore the final product in which SAFE treated yarn has been used must necessarily be certified and authorized according to current regulations in order to be placed on the market as a medical service.