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X-Static technology neutralizes body odor and inhibits bacteria and fungii

Running the Marathon: One Nanometer at a Time

Posted on April 02, 2006

Nanotechnology, the understanding and control of matter the scale of several atoms and small molecules, is flying out of the labs and into our lives. Particles that range in size from one to 100 nanometers -- a nanometer being a billionth of a meter, are being embedded in products as varied as facial cleansers and ski equipment. The effects these are having are hard to believe.

Recently a report compiled by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, showed that there are more than 200 nanotech-based products on store shelves today -- more than double last year's government estimate.

The performance edge of nanotech products has found them a ready home in the sports world. Ski wear company Spyder now makes a "fluid" body armor: containing nano-particles in suspension that hardens when struck, making for flexible clothing that stiffen upon impact. Nano-composites in golf clubs and tennis rackets are lighter, stronger, and deform less.

With the Boston Marathon around the corner, ARC, makers of the X Scent apparel line, are offering clothing with "X-Static technology" - nano-silver particles that neutralize body odor and inhibit bacteria and fungii. Silver fiber is also thermodynamic -- keeping the wearer cool in summer and warm in winter. Embedded right into the fiber, these particles will never wash out like most other anti-microbial-treated fabrics.

Greenyarn, a Boston nanotechnology company that manufacture sthe world's most cushioned socks at a 200 needle count (most socks are under cushioned at just 108 -144 needle count, which is why wearers suffer from "tired feet" at the end of the day), use a nano-material in them called Eco-fabric. Eco-fabric is made from nano-particles of bamboo-charcoal, making it fight odor and germs, remain cool and dry, and help circulation by absorbing and emitting far infra-red.

In addition to being the most cushioned socks on the market, Greenyarn's socks are designed with an archband and a Y-heel pocket for better fitting. This keeps them from moving around in your shoes - and help maintain an even cushion that will last an entire day - or a marathon.

Come April 17th 2006, these nanotechnology products will play their part in the Boston Marathon. From regulating runners' body temperatures, to fighting odor, to absorbing the impact of about 50,000 strides each runner will make, these advanced products will increase comfort, safety, and hopefully make those 26 miles go just a little bit faster.


About Greenyarn:
Greenyarn is a nanotechnology company that develops advanced materials for consumers seeking eco-friendly alternatives to conventional fabrics. Greenyarn is based in Boston, Massachusetts. If you are interested in Eco-fabric or Greenyarn products, feel free to contact our CEO, Robin Low directly at

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