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Former student of IIT Madras creates a fabric that can kill bacteria and air-borne viruses

New Delhi :
Deepthi Nathala, a former student of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras) has created a fabric that can kill bacteria, air-borne viruses & provide protection against pollution. The fabric has also been tested against the COVID-19 virus & Deepthi is scaling up the production of washable, reusable face masks & headgear that are environment-friendly.

Hosted by TiE Hyderabad recently –

The mask made up of this fabric has protective covering that not only protects you from dust and grime, but claims to block 99 per cent UV rays, 95 per cent air pollution, and inhibits/kills 99 per cent bacteria and viruses! At the TiE Women Regional Finals, hosted by TiE Hyderabad recently, Hyderabad-based Dibbu Solutions, founded by Deepthi Nathala, was adjudged the first runner-up for their product ‘Hecoll’, a washable and reusable face mask and headgear that protects us from airborne viruses.

fabric is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-dust, anti-pollution –

“The fabric is proven and tested against H1N1, Covid-19, Ecoli, and Salmonella and is safe against dust, S02, NO2, pollen and ultraviolet A and B sun rays,” says Deepthi, a 2007 IIT-Madras alumnus. Some of their innovative products include Hecoll anti-virus fabric and products. According to Deepthi, the one-year-old Hyderabad-based startup manufactures textile using disinfectants. “The fabric is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-dust, anti-pollution and is technically engineered self-disinfectant cotton,” shares Deepthi. She moved back to India last year after working in California, USA, and Dubai, UAE.

I did not support surgical mask and N95 masks –

Shedding some light on how she came up for this product, she said, “Hyderabad’s pollution and the scorching tropical sun were too much to bear. I started looking for solutions. Sunscreen was not an option as many brands are getting banned as they use harsh chemicals and 142 billion of plastic waste that is being generated. Being a nanotechnologist, I did not support surgical mask and N95 masks which are a disaster to dispose of – millions of contaminated waste – as they are biomedical waste.” Looking for natural solutions, she observed many people wrap dupattas and handkerchiefs around their heads.

Read this – IIT Bhubaneswar study shows the effectiveness of face mask to prevent COVID-19

Products are stitched by women –

Wide range of fabric-based products is technologically advanced, oriented towards 100 per cent sustainability, and is contemporary in design. “Deepti’s Firm believes in sustainability, and ensure that all their products are made with material that is completely compostable in 14 weeks.” All the products are stitched by women.

The masks can be bought on Amazon or Flipkart –

Deepthi further added, “We employed women who have previously worked as farm-hands and housemaids. We taught them tailoring and stitching.” The fabric comes in seven colors and can be ordered meter wise, or the masks can be bought on Amazon or Flipkart. “We recommend using the products for six months with regular wash. We are a conscious brand – we believe in placing the people and the planet first, striving for meaningful social and ecological impact, ” said Deepti in regards of the effect of Fabric.

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