Polygiene and Sinterama – first to launch 100% recycled Permanent Odor Control Technology at fiber level

Publish date: 9 May 2017

Polygiene have developed a new type of yarn together with Sinterama, the European leader in polyester yarn production. Polygiene’s Permanent Odor Control Technology is added to 100% recycled fiber “Newlife”, opposed to standard topical application of odor-control in the yarn and fabric finishing stages.

This heavy-duty new sustainable yarn opens up opportunities for the two brands in important categories: workwear and the care-sector, with potential to develop into other categories as well.   

Featuring in Sinterama’s Newlife range, the process offers consumers 100% post-consumer recycled, anti-bacterial yarns, which also are 100% recycleable. As the yarn is treated at fiber-level it will bring considerable benefits to the consumer in terms of odor-control, easy-care and longer lasting garments.  


Polygiene Permanent Odor Control – a silver chloride derived from recycled silver from electronic waste – inhibits and guards against the growth of odors arising from microbes such as bacteria and fungus. Bad smells develop when odor-causing bacteria settle into the fabric, mix with sweat and multiply. The treatment is permanent and products treated with Polygiene stay fresh and remain hygienic between washes, therefore earning Polygiene’s tagline “Wear More. Wash Less®”.

Sinterama’s Newlife is a unique, complete and certified system of recycled polyester filament yarns coming from one hundred percent post-consumer PET-bottles sourced and processed into a polymer through a mechanical process and spun into yarn exclusively and entirely in Italy. This whole process constitutes Sinterama’s proprietary High Tech Conversion Model (HTCM) which has become a benchmark in mechanical recycling. 

Christian von Uthmann, Polygiene CEO says, “we’re excited to begin working with Sinterama as this will open new doors for us in categories where we see large growth potential.  The care sector where we first started out, as well as the corporate- and workwear industry will both benefit as Polygiene treated fabrics will be capable of withstanding industrial level laundering. In addition, the shorter lead-times with the ability of pre-treated fabrics to be stored and colored is an exceptional market advantage to an even wider audience.”

Guglielmo Fiocchi, Sinterama CEO says, “we are very proud of the cooperation with such an innovation leader as Polygiene. The agreement fits perfectly with the tradition and the strategy of Sinterama to develop and innovate constantly, giving our customers durable, healthy, green solutions, with additional features to delight the end user”

Sinterama sees the application appealing to a number of sectors.  Matteo Soppera, Head of Product Marketing notes, “marrying together Polygiene technology and Sinterama’s experience in recycled, high-tech polyester filament yarn, is a new concept for the textile market and will offer our customers improved performance”. 

About Consumer benefits

  • Polygiene is a permanent treatment. It cannot be washed out however many washes and repeated wear it undergoes. However, a yarn’s outer surface is subject to abrasion. By adding Polygiene to the yarn fibers, the wear and tear damage is minimized keeping treated garments odor-free for the life of the fibers (in the garment).
  • By treating the fibers, products can be washed at higher temperatures, a key benefit to the healthcare and workwear industry.
  • Highlighting the companies shared recycled green stories and Polygiene’s wash less ethos, users of Newlife™ with Polygiene can expect to stay fresh irrespective of the washing temperature and number of times they have worn the garment.