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Reusable items: sustainable and regional

Unfortunately, it is a common sight: discarded masks on the pavement or by the wayside. It does not have to be like that. Hygiene products made from textiles and other flexible materials can be reused. Experts have developed and certified suitable processes for this purpose.

August 2020

The German Dry Cleaning Association (DTV) continues to promote reusable textile products during the ongoing pandemic: “Reusable and sustainable products are also the right choice during the time of the coronavirus. Not only are professionally maintained and hygienically treated reusable textiles far better for the environment than disposable products, but they also satisfy the same hygiene requirements,” said Andreas Schumacher, Managing Director of the DTV. Providers of textile services have long been experts in the hygienic treatment of textile products and employ certified processes to this end. Their range of products includes reusable protective textiles such as OP textiles and masks, protective equipment, table and bed linens and towels, not to mention cloth towel dispensers and masks. Reusable textiles can be deployed and reused as many as a hundred times.

In an age where resources are growing scarce and sustainability has become a necessity, it can also be worthwhile to reuse and hygienically treat disposable items as well. An Austrian working group involving Ortner Reinraumtechnik and Graz University of Technology has developed a concept for decontaminating protective clothing and other protective equipment. The cleanroom technicians are experts in the field of decontamination and combating harmful micro-organisms. Among the methods that the group studied and found to be effective were fumigation with hydrogen peroxide, a substance that decomposes into water and oxygen after it is used, and irradiation with short-wave UVC.

An ingenious logistics system makes it possible to supply requirements locally – this is centred on a container system for disinfection with an upstream intake and downstream output zone. The container could be set up right in front of a hospital, for example. On 18 and 19 November 2020 in Frankfurt am Main, the Cleanzone trade fair will be showcasing more solutions for combating the novel coronavirus.

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