At ISKO Vital+ we know that partnering with experts not only provides opportunities to scale our growing business, but also the best way to deliver the highest quality products to our customers. We have worked together with Swiss antimicrobial hygiene experts, SANITIZED AG to integrate their silver-based patented polymer matrix technology into the fabric of our Supreme line of face coverings.
The Sanitized® technology reduces bacteria up to 99.99% on the surface of the material. Independent labs have tested and confirmed that the Sanitized® additive is also effective against viruses. Its antimicrobial properties work like a built-in deodorant to combat odours, helping to keep face coverings fresh and more comfortable to wear - even over long periods of time.
We caught up with the team at SANITIZED AG to talk technology, partnerships and face coverings – here’s what we learned:
Q: What prompted you to start applying your technology to masks and community face covers?
A: It was our customers that led us into the opportunity. ISKO Vital+’s parent company Sanko was the first to come to us with the idea. They were looking to integrate antimicrobial properties into their face coverings and wanted to know if it was possible.
We wanted to ensure that our technology would not cause any issues being worn over the mouth and nose, so in addition to ISKO Vital+’s tests, we ran independent antiviral tests with Sanitized® products, which yielded positive test results. Our silver-based technology does not have any particles, which means there is no danger from inhalation – and we’ve steered clear of using nano-technology as there are not enough conclusive results to ensure its safety for face masks.
Once we had this evidence, we agreed to work with ISKO Vital+ and together we launched the first community face covering with antimicrobial Sanitized® technology. We haven’t looked back.
Q: What made you decide to work with ISKO Vital+?
A: We have worked tirelessly to ensure that all Sanitized® products are safe for humans and the environment – our OEKO-TEX Standard 100 label and Bluesign Approved certifications are testaments to this. As such, we choose our partners carefully and only work with businesses that are as committed to delivering quality and adhering to safety and environmental standards as we are.
We were impressed with ISKO Vital+’s investment in R&D, design, sustainable materials and their dedication to helping to stop the spread of viruses and microbes. This commitment was echoed by their extensive testing programme and certifications.
We were also drawn to ISKO Vital+’s commitment to creating comfortable, affordable face coverings for everyone – this fits in well with our ethos of helping deliver long-lasting freshness and odour protection.
In short, they were a good fit for our business.
Q: Is it true that SANITIZED employees wear ISKO Vital+ face coverings?
A: Yes. We initially purchased ISKO Vital+ Supreme face coverings to give to visitors and customers that came to our site and as a nice present because we believe in what ISKO is doing and that they are a good corporation.
With lockdown in place and less people visiting, we decided to purchase more face coverings from ISKO Vital+ and have provided 20 to each of our employees for themselves and their families to use.
ISKO Vital+ was the first to brand their face coverings with the Sanitized® ingredient brand; they are committed to communicating good mask hygiene and their quality seal and good test results help to instill consumer confidence in the safety, quality and comfort that come with an ISKO Vital+ and Sanitized® branded face covering.