Sponsored by Polygiene

How can your clothes smell fresh wear after wear on the ski slopes? Pack light this season and forget the travel wash. 

We’re all guilty of filling our suitcases to the brim, yet still feeling the need to find a laundrette half way through our vacation. Particularly if you’re going on an active, sweat inducing, holiday like skiing.


What if you could halve your baggage allowance and not have to wash your clothes?

Polygiene has devised a unique permanent silver salt treatment that’s added to fabrics during manufacture, and actually stops the growth of odour-causing bacteria when you sweat.

How does Polygiene work? 

Did you know, sweat itself doesn’t smell? What produces the pong is the bacteria that quickly multiplies in warm, damp conditions – like those under our arms! 

45 per cent of us have discarded a piece of clothing because it still pongs, even after washing.

Polygiene uses tiny concentrations of 100 per cent recycled silver salt salvaged from industrial and electronics waste; manufactured in the EU and strictly controlled for purity. Silver salt has antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria. It’s applied to the surface of fabrics before they are made into actual garments.

The treatment is permanent and never washes out, so it lasts the lifetime of the product. In fact, it often extends the life of your clothes. Both laundering and bacteria break down the fibres in fabrics and eventually wear the product out. Because you’re washing Polygiene-treated clothes less, you won’t need to buy as many new ones as often. Saving water and pennies. 

It doesn’t just help your pocket, it helps the environment too…

Washing and drying accounts for two thirds of the environmental impact of a single garment. If your clothes smell better, wear after wear, you don’t have to wash them as often - and when you do, they can be washed at a much lower temperature.

That’s not only beneficial to our washing machines and electricity bills, but a bonus for the environment as well hence Polygiene’s moto ‘Wear More, Wash Less’.

By choosing to wear Polygiene-treated fabrics and clothing – the average family can save 8,000 litres of water every single year.

Won’t it feel funny?

No! What’s really great, is you won’t even know it’s there – well apart from noticing how fresh you smell after a day on the slopes! That’s because Polygiene is safe to be worn next to the skin. Here’s the science bit.  Polygiene particles are more than 100 times larger than nanoparticles and are therefore too large to penetrate the skin. The technology has received Medical Class 1 approval in Europe, the same class that includes bandages for direct contact with open wounds.

It’s also Bluesign approved which means it meets rigorous independent environmental and product life cycle standards. Polygiene is fastidious about this because it wants to limit the use of resources today to ensure the availability of those resources for future generations.

Polygiene is a company driven by the belief that the environment is at the centre of sustainability. Polygiene chooses to scrutinise its entire supply chain. From sourcing, production and application, through to washing and disposal. Together with their outdoor loving customers and leading environmentally conscious brands, they’re focused on minimising the environmental impact of what they do.

So how can I wear Polygiene?

Polygiene is now used by a huge number of outdoor brands, like fabric innovator Polartec and Arcteryx, as well as a growing number of skiwear providers, including Dakine and Eider.

Look out for the following that are all Polygiene-treated:

·  Eider’s new Edge Gloves 2.0. - a comfortable yet technically advanced and blending a finely crafted style with value for money.

·  Salewa Pedroc Hybrid T-shirt - a breathable technical men’s short sleeved top with thermo-regulating Polartec Delta. 

·  Arcteryx’s Atom SL vest - a superlight Coreloft™ insulated vest for mid to high output activities.

·  Patagonia’s Capilene base layers are available in three different weights.

·  Rab’s Women’s Force Briefs are made using a lightweight, soft next-to-skin fabric for multi-day use.