An Australian startup is using a patented nanotechnology to create 'hydrophobic' chef jackets and aprons. Fabricor says this means uniforms that stay clean for longer, and saving time and money.
The company was started because cofounder and MasterChef mentor Adrian Li, was frustrated with keeping his chef jackets and aprons clean.
"As a chef I find it really difficult to keep my chef jacket white, and we like our jackets white," Li said. "We couldn't find anything on the market which helps this apart from buying new jackets and washing them every day. So we decided to create a new range of chef jackets using nanotechnology that makes it water repellent and stain-proof."
The nanotechnology application works by modifying the fabric at a molecular level by permanently attaching hydrophobic 'whiskers' to individual fibres which elevate liquids, causing them to bead up and roll off.
The fabric's patented technology can extend the life of the apparel is because the apparel doesn't have to be washed as often and can be washed in cooler temperatures, the company stated.
Fabricor's products are not made with spray-application like many on the market which can destroy fabrics and contain carcinogenic chemicals. Its hydrophobic properties are are embedded into the cotton during the weaving process.
According to Li, chefs face the same issues with the apparel they wear. Unsightly spills on their uniforms make it difficult to look professional, and the trying to deal with these spills takes away them from their work. Furthermore, frequent stains mean they have to wash the uniforms after every shift.
Fabricor's hydrophobic fabric has an extreme level of water resistance and keeps stains from forming. The liquid that is repelled, traps particles of dirt, resulting in a self-cleaning shirt. Even sweat is turned away, meaning no sweat stains and no body odor clinging to the uniform. The long-lasting fabric in Fabricor's chef's apparel retains its natural softness and breathability.
They are launching their technology to the hospitality industry but eventually plan to serve the medical industry by making medical garbs, nurses uniforms and lab coats next.
The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign on Thursday 18th September 2014 to raise funds and awareness for their project.