AlpacaGram 5.85 | Antimicrobial Properties of Raw Alpaca Fiber

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AlpacaGram 5.85December 11, 2018

Antimicrobial Properties of Raw Alpaca Fiber

Fiber and Fiber Products Committee (FiberCom) recently commissioned a study to test the antimicrobial properties of raw alpaca fiber.

The outdoor and sports apparel industry has seen increased interest in antimicrobial textile products from active consumers who want products that are odor resistant. The industry has largely addressed this demand by treating fabrics with chemicals that inhibit bacterial growth.

While highly effective at suppressing bacteria on the garments short term, in most cases those chemicals are lost over time as the garment is used and washed, resulting in a loss of antibacterial effect. This has led some market observers to raise environmental concerns regarding the resulting presence of the chemicals in water and soil.

While the effect is modest, the antibacterial properties of the keratin component of animal fibers, including alpaca, are a more natural and durable alternative to chemical treatment.

To read find out what FiberCom has been doing or to read the completed studies visit www.alpacainfo.com/members/organization/committees/4134/fiber-and-fiber-products-committee-fibercom or www.alpacainfo.com/academy/article/4754/alpaca-fiber-studies.

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