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Nylstar introduces Meryl Skinlife Force antiviral fabric

Meryl Skinlife Force is an odourless antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral hi-tech fabric with silver-ion technology

22nd September 2020

Knitting Industry
 |  Blanes, Spain

Knitted Outerwear, Technical Textiles

Nylstar, a Spanish producer of premium polyamide 6.6 yarns and fabrics has introduced Meryl Skinlife Force, an odourless antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral hi-tech fabric with silver-ion technology, to help in the fight against COVID-19.

“Facemasks became a part of everyday life as a problem with COVID-19 still remains in our communities. The majority of the facemasks are made with the fabrics that are not inhibiting the growth of bacteria and viruses inside the fabric and these are spread to the air and our environment through the microfibre release,” Nylstar said in a press statement.

“The Meryl Skinlife Force hi-tech fabric combines the silver-ion technology with specific microfibre continuous filament with high tenacity. It doesn’t shred any microfibres, ensuring that the viruses are trapped and inhibited even more effectively into the fabrics and garments,” Nylstar added.

“Silver micro particles are potent antimicrobial agents due to its unique chemical and physical properties. Silver interacts with sulphur-bearing moieties of viruses leading to inhibition of post-entry stages of infection through blocking of viral proteins. Silver-ion technology inhibits the growth and proliferation of the bacteria and viruses in the fabrics,” the Catalonian company said.

“Nylstar has developed Meryl Skinlife Force with a permanent viroblock technology, using the silver-ion active principle from the Swiss innovator HeiQ. This technological innovation also allows an even longer durability of the garments, which is in line with Nylstar’s continuous efforts to help the fabric and clothing industry move forward sustainable and full circular economy.”

In 1923, Nylstar was founded on the Mediterranean coast north of Barcelona and became one of the most important textile companies in Europe. © Nylstar/ Meryl.

According to Nylstar, Meryl Skinlife Force hi-tech fabrics can be used for the development of garments, masks, gowns and buffs that can be reused over 100 times after being washed at a temperature of 60ºC, which the company says, guarantees total elimination of viruses, while maintaining their permanent viroblock effect.

“Thanks to the microfibre technology of the Meryl Skinlife Force, the facemasks and garments have supremely soft touch and protects the skin from redness and allergic reactions.,” Nylstar concludes.

Sustainability and circularity of Meryl fabrics

Nylstar says its Meryl Skinlife Force fabrics as well as all other Meryl hi-tech fabrics are designed to avoid microfibre pollution. “Meryl hi-tech fabrics bring the textile industry the necessary quality and touch without polluting air and water by spinning its high-quality continuous filament with extraordinary tenacity,” the company says.

No use of silicones or softeners are needed to enhance the touch of the Meryl hi-tech fabrics. High performance is an inherent part of Meryl hi-tech fabrics and hence do not need special finishing or any other chemical treatments. Meryl Skinlife Force as well as all other Meryl hi-tech fabrics from Nylstar are completely and infinitely recyclable without suffering any loss of performance, which allows a full sustainable and circular economy.”


Meryl Skinlife Force fabric is certified by STANDARD 100 Oekotex assuring the consumer that the product is free of harmful substances. The silver active principle of Meryl Skinlife Force has been registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA 85249-1).

Nylstar says it conducted a study of the microfibre release into the air and water, together with the Spanish laboratory Leitat, which shows that all Meryl fabrics and its fibres are certified as 100% free microfibre release into the air and water.

“Microfibre pollution is a big concern nowadays, as there is a huge liberation of these particles from the textiles made with staple and low-quality fibres. The combination of permanent viroblock and 100% free microfibre release is a guarantee of a safer world,” Nylstar concludes.

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