Vollebak’s metal copper jacket. Protecting against disease.
May 14, 2020
If any fashion brand is the future of clothing, it’s Vollebak. There’s no argument that the brand is at the cutting edge of technology and textiles, creating some of the most futuristic technical products out there. They’ve appeared in our print magazine in ISSUE_04 with their biodegradable t-shirt made from algae, and make outerwear suitable for astronauts.
The ‘Full Metal Jacket’ is their latest release, a jacket made with 11 kilometers of copper inside each one. Which leads to some pretty interesting properties.
1. Viruses and bacteria can’t live on copper
Disease resistant clothing will become a requirement in the future, which is why Vollebak are starting to work with copper now. It’s biostatic, so bacteria and other life forms can’t grow on it. It also has exceptional antimicrobial properties which mean bacteria and viruses die when they make contact with it.
2. Copper’s halo effect
During the 19th century, Paris was one of many cities worldwide struck by a series of devastating cholera outbreaks which killed tens of thousands of people. In 1852 a physician called Victor Burq found that the disease wasn’t killing anyone who worked in the copper smelting plants around the city. He dubbed it “the antidote to cholera.” Recent research in the US suggests that copper may produce a halo effect, potentially reducing bacteria by 70% up to 50 centimetres away from the copper itself and even reducing it on surfaces not made out of copper.
3. Copper can be recycled without any loss in quality
Copper is one of the few materials that can be recycled infinitely without losing any of its chemical properties. Recycled copper, or secondary copper as it’s known, is completely indistinguishable from primary copper, and it can be recycled from its raw state as well as from manufactured products. Copper recycling can be traced back over 2,000 years to when the Romans were recasting weapons and armour using scrap metal from foundries.
The jacket is available now at Vollebak, for £895