Lab Testing Reveals EnviroTextile’s Hemp Fabric Stops the Spread of Staph Bacteria

Rampant staph infections continue to cost lives unnecessarily. One powerful weapon to fight this scourge is being successfully deployed by China's military: industrial hemp. Staph is spread by direct contact and by touching items that are contaminated such as towels, sheets, privacy curtains, and clothing. As noted by the San Francisco Chronicle, “It is estimated that each year 2 million Americans become infected during hospital stays, and at least 90,000 of them die. MRSA (an antibiotic resistant strain of staph) is a leading cause of hospital-borne infections.” One of the most important recent discoveries is hemp’s ability to kill surface bacteria, while cotton, polyester, and polyethelene allow it to remain on their surfaces for up to months at a time.

Unknown to many, hemp fabrics exist in today’s market that can replace each of these transmission prone hospital items. Technological improvements for hemp textile development began in the early 90s when EnviroTextile’s lead textile engineer, Barbara Filippone, began working with hemp in China. To date, the company has over 100 hemp and hemp blended fabrics available to suit any traditional fabric application. In addition to staph resistance, other tests show hemp fabrics superior resistance to UV and infrared wavelengths, providing multiple applications for military use.

Hemp fabric was tested against two bacteria strains, Staphylococcus Aureus (staph) and Klebsiella Pneumoniae (pneumonia). The fabric tested was a hemp blend, 60% hemp and 40% rayon. The staph test sample was already 98.5% bacteria free during the first measurement of the testing, while the pneumonia fabric sample was 65.1% bacteria free. These results, even prior to the tests completion, clearly display the fabrics unique capability at killing bacteria and reducing their spread. This is especially imperative for healthcare facilities.

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  1. Anonymous on

    To even remotely suggest that the perpetuation of a system that has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent victims worldwide, all in the name of advancing technology, is, to me, sick and twisted. And I say that as a veteran of the Armed Forces.

  2. Anonymous on

    Sorry, but thus far war is what has driven technology. And not just the killing kind. Aerospace, biotech/medical, mass manufacturing, metallurgical/composites, all products of the “war machine”. 90% of public sector r&d funding is done through the defense budget. In the private sector big pharma is the only group that even rivals military spending, what have they cured in the past 50 years?

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  4. Anonymous on

    Although hemp was used for sails and riggings by navies, this new “oh boy look we can use hemp for the military” idea is not moral. The militaries of the world rain death upon us all and assist the drug warriors. Hemp for medical uses, food, paper, medical cloth, etc., but not for the war machine. Oppose the war machine always.