YKK has launched a new line of zippers with tape treated with ViralOff, a technology patented by the Swedish company, Polygiene. YKK is known for zippers, plastic hardware, hook and loop fasteners, webbing tapes, and snap and buttons. ViralOff is a brand for a treatment of textiles and other products that reduces tested viruses by 99 per cent in two hours.

Durable and long lasting, ViralOff’s chemical components are eco-sustainable and safe for contact on human skin. YKK’s ViralOff treated zipper is manufactured and sold by YKK Italia. Always faithful to the YKK philosophy of the ‘Cycle of Goodness’, which places corporate responsibility, transparency, and respect for others at the centre of every business decision, YKK is now focused on what even a detail such as the zipper can offer to counter the spread of pathogens, the company said in a press release.

Polygiene’s expertise in protective textile technology got its start during the fight against SARS in 2004. The knowledge gained from that experience gave them the methods and processes needed to quickly develop ViralOff in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ViralOff fabric treatment is used on a wide range of applications such as medical equipment, medical scrubs, face masks, and gloves, as well as a variety of consumer products.

“While we never make any claims beyond protecting the product itself, it goes without saying that a reduction of viruses on often touched parts, like a zipper, is a good thing. We see a big demand building, and this launch with YKK will raise awareness on this kind of product even more,” Haymo Strubel, commercial director at Polygiene said.