Sheffield University clothing plan to purify air

One is of Erin O'Connor with HERSELF (the name of the Catalytic Clothing dress that was made to test the technology).  (credit Adam Mufti)
One is of Erin O'Connor with HERSELF (the name of the Catalytic Clothing dress that was made to test the technology). (credit Adam Mufti)
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A REVOLUTIONARY new process to enable clothes to absorb air pollution while being worn is being developed with Sheffield University scientists.

The concept is known as catalytic clothing, and a Sheffield team is working on designs with the company Ecover and the London College of Fashion.

It is hoped to have products on sale as early as next year.

Sheffield scientist Professor Tony Ryan came up with the concept along with artist and designer Professor Helen Storey from the fashion college.

He said the idea was to employ existing technology in a new way so clothes and textiles could purify air.