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BioSmart is a new fabric technology that harnesses the sanitizing power of EPA-registered chlorine bleach* to help reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses. Products treated with BioSmart are key to effective infection prevention strategies and safety programs in the workplace and in the community.
BioSmart is a patented textile technology that binds chlorine from the wash to the surface of fabrics, and inhibits the growth and spread of bacteria.

It is both durable and effective for the life of most garments -- the fabric technology recharges with chlorine during each washing so it is always functioning at full strength, thus providing a longer shelf life and optimizing value for manufacturers, laundries and consumers alike.

Independent, outside testing has demonstrated that when BioSmart fabrics are laundered according to care instructions with EPA-registered chlorine bleach*, the chlorine kills 99.9 percent of common bacteria and viruses including Salmonella Choleraesuis, Escherichia Coli, Staph aureas, Hepatitis A, and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
BioSmart is an added level of protection on textiles which are known to harbor bacteria. With the rise of cross-contamination at food processing and handling facilities, BioSmart extends the capabilities of EPA-registered chlorine based sanitizers – proven hygienic agents that do not promote resistant microbes – to maintain an effective barrier against contamination.

There are many ways to break the chain of transmission including general safety, hygienic practices and implementation of a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plan (HACCP). Milliken found they could reinforce safety programs by incorporating a technology that binds chlorine bleach to textiles.
BioSmart fabrics have passed the ISO skin irritation and skin sensitivity tests. BioSmart technology has not been tested to allergens. If an allergic reaction is suspected, the individual should avoid continued use of a BioSmart treated fabric.
BioSmart can be applied to synthetics and poly/cotton fabrics and is ideal for industries where bacterial contamination is a concern, including healthcare, EMS, food processing and food services, public safety, and hospitality.
Products and collaberation arrangements are under way in a number of business-to-business and consumer product markets.

Prime Medical, a select partner for BioSmart technology to the healthcare industry. BioSmart is available in their Cubicle Curtains, Bed Linens, Towels, Patient Gowns, Lab Coats and Scrubs.

SAF-T Scrubs, another select partner for BioSmart technology to the medical industry. BioSmart is available in their Scrubs & Lab Coats.
Founded in 1865, Milliken & Company is one of the world’s largest privately-held textile and chemical companies employing approximately 7,000 associates worldwide. Milliken operates nearly 39 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France, and China with other sales service operations throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Milliken has long led the way for "knowledge-based" investment, employing over 100 PhDs, and has accumulated more than 2200 patents. By combining science with design and insights, Milliken tackles the issues and concerns of today. Every day, our community of innovators is invigorated by the challenge of crateing new ways to enhance people's lives. For over 135 years, Milliken has been delivering innovative materials for the most challenging of applications.

Milliken works closely with fiber, fabric and garment makers throughout product development, testing, manufacturing, sales and marketing helping them ensure quality products that meet and exceed the needs of the market.

* When laundered according to care instructions on the care label of EPA registered bleach.

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