The secret from nature in one fiber to protect and care for the skin.
smartcel™ sensitive is an innovative fiber based on natural cellulose, which includes the essential trace element zinc. Zinc has perhaps a greater impact on our wellbeing than any other trace element. It is vital for our immune system, sensory functions and metabolism as well as skin regeneration and protection.
Using only high-quality, pharmaceutical grade 4 zinc oxide, smartcel™ sensitive combines zinc’s regenerative and skin protective effects with its hygienic and antibacterial elements. The fiber is produced without the use of aggressive chemicals and is made solely from renewable raw materials, making it both eco-friendly and fully biodegradable.
Special high graded zinc is melted and oxidised which results in a white powder of pure zinc oxide that is incorporated into a cellulose fiber.
The fiber is produced without the use of aggressive chemicals and is made solely from renewable raw materials, making it both eco-friendly and fully biodegradable
A fiber that provides care and protection for the skin
smartcel™ sensitive is skin friendly thanks to zinc oxide’s soothing and anti-inflammatory capabilities. This is especially useful for people with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema or neurodermitis.
Clinical studies with home textiles and underwear have proven that smartcel™ sensitive provides relief to people with eczema, allergies, neurodermatitis etc.
Zinc oxide also acts as a shield against harmful UVA and UVB radiation, which can damage our skin cells. Depending on the percentage of smartcel™ sensitive used in any garment, it can provid UPF 50+ (Standard AS/NZS 4339:2017).
Further to this, zinc oxide possesses strong antibacterial properties, especially against odour causing bacteria, which helps to make garments stay fresh longer.*
*For customers in European markets: Please note that zinc, despite its undisputed natural antibacterial properties and the fact that it has long confirmed its status as an essential component in recognized cosmetic products of all kinds, is not listed as a biocide. It must therefore not be used for antibacterial applications in Europe. By contrast, smartcel™ sensitive in the U.S. and Asian markets is based
on specific characteristics of the zinc oxide successfully used and applied in medical and antibacterial products.
A patented high-tech process that guarantees long-lasting quality
smartcel™ sensitive is produced using the Lyocell Process, an innovative and eco-friendly production method. Production takes place in a closed loop with no chemicals released. This meets the expectations of our industry both today and in the future. It is one reason why the European Union awarded the procedure with the 2000 European Environmental Award in the category “technology for sustainable development”.
The innovative fibers are produced exclusively for smartfiber AG on modern fiber production plants at Lenzing AG in Austria. A highly specialized team of engineers and scientists supervises the production process on site.
Thanks to our patented manufacturing process, the zinc in smartcel™ sensitive is preserved and permanently embedded into the fiber, even after multiple washing cycles.
Added value for a wide range of applications
If you are looking for an environmentally sound fiber that offers maximum comfort together with high functionality, smartcel™ sensitive is the natural choice.
The fiber is suitable for a vast range of applications, from sport and fashion clothing, underwear and loungewear to home textiles, and combines easily with any other fiber. It adds a smooth, silky feel to any fabric, together with the comfort and care elements required from a generation with an active, health-conscious lifestyle.
For more information on smartcel™ sensitive, please refer to the product brochure and the data sheets. These are available for download here.
Tested quality – demonstrable effects
The smartcel™ sensitive fiber has been positively tested and tested by several independent institutes for its quality as well as its antibacterial and odour-inhibiting properties.
The renowned Hohenstein Institute has tested textile materials with smartcel™ sensitive fibers and confirms “excellent protection” against UVA and UVB rays.
The University of Jena has carried out various tests and confirmed the strong antibacterial effect of smartcel™sensitive. smartcel™ sensitive has been awarded the EU Ecolabel (OEKO-Tex Standard 100) for baby products due to its environmentally friendly and sustainable manufacturing process.
Finished textiles and patterns can be certified free of charge at smartfiber AG.
Hohenstein Laboratories: Confirmation of the transfer of zinc active ingredients from clothing to the skin with smartcel™ sensitive
Hohenstein Laboratories: Confirmation Testing of textile surfaces and materials for antibacterial activity against odour-forming bacteria.
Hohenstein Laboratories: Confirmation of the transfer of zinc active substances from duvet fillings to the skin with smartcel™ sensitive
T. E. C. Laboratoire: Confirmation of effectiveness against house dust mites. According to the test of September 2017 it is confirmed that the effectiveness of the house dust mite protection has been tested and that there is an effectiveness against house dust mites as well as a long-term effectiveness of our fibres
The University Hospital Jena, Department of Dermatology and Dermatological Allergology, has carried out the following tests:
- Investigation of in vitro cytotoxicity of textile sample (24h extract, No. 1 201 003, quality certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001: 2008); passed the test against skin irritation and allergic reactions.
- Total antibacterial activity (test according to JIS L 1902: 2002) for blends of cotton and wool, test report no. 42/2009 confirms “the strong antibacterial effect” of zinc oxide in smartcelTM sensitive, review no. 03/2012 certified, “a strong antibacterial effect against the test strain (MRSA) DSM 11 729 and against the test strain (MRSA) ATCC 33 591”, quality certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001: 2008.
- Efficacy against fungi: antimycotic effect according to AATCC 100, quality certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001: 2008.
- Efficacy of Micromodal Lyocell+zinc oxide 10105.
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- Investigation of the antioxidative effectiveness of smartcel™ sensitive (No. 14 07 088, quality certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001: 2008).
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- The examined specimen showed a strong antibacterial against the test strain Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) DSM 11729 and as well as a strong antibacterial activity against test strain Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ATCC 33591 under given test conditions.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international non-profit organization for wood certification. ”Chain of Custody”, the demonstration of certified wood from the forest to the finished product.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFCTM) is an international non-profit organization for wood certification. ” Chain of Custody”, the demonstration of certified wood from the forest to the finished product.
smartcel™ sensitive has been selected by ISPO TEXTRENDS as one of the top innovations for summer 2019.
More tests & certificates
Washtest zinc content – Report Intertek Testing Services Taiwan from July 2017
Article from The International Society of Dermatology 2002 “Evidence supporting zinc as an important antioxidant for skin”
Article by Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology2013 “Skin-protective effects of a zinc oxide-functionalized textile andits relevance for atopic dermatitis.”
Clinical Experiences with an Antimicrobial Bed Equipment Using Zinc-smartcel™ Fibers for Pronounced Atopic Dermatitis
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: On the basis of information furnished by the registrant, the above named pesticide is hereby registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
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