NexTex Innovations announces the launch of ParticleScreen fabric technology developed for facial coverings that can be comfortably worn for extended use and while being active. ParticleScreen is a patent-pending, 3-layer fabric system that delivers superior blocking against airborne particles while keeping its wearers comfortable for prolonged periods of time.
NexTex, an Atlanta-based textile technology that builds strategic partnerships with brands, entrepreneurs and manufacturers to bring textile innovations to market, rapidly responded to this challenge and created a customized, high-performance facial covering fabric technology. “As the coronavirus pandemic has progressed, one of the chief complaints from consumers is that facial coverings are uncomfortable,” said Chad Lawrence, NexTex’s CEO. “This presents a dilemma for the user: if a mask or facial covering is uncomfortable, they’re more likely not to wear it for as long or at all. ParticleScreen fabric technology provides a breathable, particle-blocking solution while keeping the skin around your face dry and temperature regulated. The fabric development process – from concept to commercial availability – took under six months, which was remarkable!”
ParticleScreen fabric technology is made with NexTex’s TurboDry® technology, a unique fabric that keeps users’ skin significantly drier than regular wicking materials. Its patent-pending, one-way moisture transport process produces comfort and drying speeds unlike any material on the market. When used for facial coverings, a 3-layer defense is created by combining a TurboDry inner layer against the skin, a proprietary film in the middle, and an outer layer, which can
optionally be treated to have durable water-repellant and antimicrobial properties. This unique construction means ParticleScreen fabrics block particles on par with the most advanced, non-medical facial coverings.
“NexTex is very nimble and strategic in how we approach our business,” said Lawrence. “We quickly responded to consumer needs, and with our excellent fabric technology partner, we were able to make ParticleScreen fabric technology available to the market in record time.” ParticleScreen facial coverings are washable and reusable, making them among the most sustainable masks on the market. The fabrics used in the masks are also bluesign® and Oeko-Tex® certified.