What is this after all?
Graphene is a remarkable material composed of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice. It's essentially a one-atom-thick sheet of graphite, which is the material used in pencil lead.
The application of graphene to textiles is achieved through a specialized silkscreening process using graphene-infused ink.
This technique harnesses nanotechnology to enhance the fabric, embedding graphene's superior properties, such as strength and flexibility, directly into the material at the nano level.
This innovative method transforms ordinary textiles into advanced, high-performance fabrics.
What does graphene do to the fabrics?
>50% improvement in drying rate
Our Graphene-Wear™ fabrics have undergone scientific moisture management testing at independent test houses such as Shirley® Technologies & University of Gloucestershire.
Enhanced Wicking: 100% Improvement
Graphene-Wear™ printed fabrics showed in excess of a 100% enhancement in wicking rate.
By printing Graphene-Wear™ formulas onto fabric, we significantly increase the surface area available which is achieved due to the orientation and arrangement of graphene platelets. This in turn has an effect on the capillary action of the fibres and yarns and their ability to move moisture.
Test performed: AATCC 197
Increased Drying: >50% Improvement
Graphene-Wear™ print introduces surface properties to a base fabric that promotes moisture to move to the outer surface and to spread laterally at a greater rate.
This moisture can then be lost to evaporation in a more efficient manner. This will notably decrease the time taken for a wearer's sweat to be held by the fabric, promoting evaporative cooling. Graphene-Wear™ treated sportswear fabrics dried at more than double the speed of the control fabrics during tests.
Tests performed: AATCC 199-2013 & AATCC 201-2013
Permeability & Breathability: No Loss of Performance
Adding Graphene-Wear™ print to a base fabric has been found to make "no significant difference" to the air or moisture vapour permeability of a base fabric.
Tests performed: BS EN ISO 9237:1995, BS 7209:1990 (1997), BS EN ISO11092:2014
18% improvement in thermal transmittance
Improved Thermal Transmittance
Thermal Transmittance: The rate of transfer of heat through matter.
Our Graphene-Wear™ printed fabrics have undergone industry standard testing at independent test houses such as Shirley® Technologies.
The results show that fabric printed with the Graphene-Wear™ technology displayed an 18% improvement in thermal transmittance.
Test method BS 4745:2005
+30% Longer lasting Garments
Graphene-Wear™ compounds enable product designers and engineers to benefit from factoring the strength and durability that our elastomers provide, offering longer lifetimes and reduced maintenance. Our compounds have shown to be 20% less likely to tear, be twice as strong and to last 30% longer than the current performance of existing products on the market.
What can graphene do to achieve the 3 R's?
Buy less, buy better:
Graphene-Wear™ compounds display excellent durability and resilience. Early comparisons have shown that products enhanced with Graphene-Wear™ can last up to 30% longer. Amongst others, the European Union and UK government have acknowledged the negative environmental effects some aspects of the fashion industry is having on the environment. The EU has sought for manufacturers to create products with longer lifetimes which is why Graphene-Wear™ offers a great option to buy better.
The European Environment Agency states that "In 2020, producing textile products consumed in the EU generated greenhouse gas emissions of 121 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in total, or 270 kg CO2e per person"
Creating components and products that have longer lasting lifetimes will reduce the carbon emissions in equal measure to the extra life they possess. Graphene-Wear™ has the potential to be a big part of the solution.
Microfibre release is causing damage to our world's ecosystems. Every time a garment is worn and washed, tiny pieces of textile fibres 'shed' and enter the land and water ecosystems. Our goal is to reduce this through the mechanical improvements that graphene can provide to host materials.
By creating clothes, footwear and equipment that last longer and are of better quality, then they are more likely to be sold on or re-used for the same or other purposes. Having such products creates opportunities for business models to be utilised that cannot typically be employed such as subscriptions. This is a situation we will be working towards.
For something to be recycled, it needs to be worth it, and easy enough to do it.
When recycled, most polymers such as polyester (PET) have an expected degradation in performance, so to make it worth it, virgin material has to be added.
Our aim is to have a range of products that our customers can utilise that, when added to their recycled raw materials, allows them to meet the higher performance of virgin material whilst reducing or eradicating the required quantity of that virgin material used in the process.
Graphene has demonstrated antibacterial properties. This can be beneficial in healthcare settings, for instance, in creating antibacterial medical uniforms or bandages. It also has applications in everyday wear, as it can help reduce odors in clothing.
How does this impact me and my activities?
- Enhanced Comfort: Graphene's thermal conductivity can help regulate body temperature, keeping you cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather. This means greater comfort in a variety of climates and less need for layering.
- Durability and Longevity: Clothes made with graphene are typically more durable and resistant to wear and tear. This means they will last longer, reducing the need for frequent replacements and saving money in the long run.
- Moisture Management: If you're active or live in a humid climate, graphene's ability to wick moisture away from the body can keep you drier and more comfortable throughout the day.
- Reduced Odor: Thanks to its antibacterial properties, graphene-enhanced clothing can help reduce body odor, making them ideal for long days or situations where you can't change clothes frequently.
- UV Protection: For those who spend a lot of time outdoors, the UV protection offered by graphene-infused fabrics can be a significant benefit, protecting your skin from harmful solar radiation.
- Low Maintenance: The durability and antibacterial nature of graphene garments may result in less frequent washing needs, saving time and energy, and contributing to the clothes' longevity.
- Environmentally Friendly: If the graphene used is sustainably sourced and the manufacturing process is eco-friendly, these garments can be a more environmentally conscious choice.
- Allergy-Friendly: Graphene's hypoallergenic properties make these garments suitable for people with sensitive skin or allergies to certain fabrics.
- Lightweight and Flexible: Despite their durability, graphene-enhanced fabrics can be lightweight and flexible, offering comfort and ease of movement for everyday activities.
- Stylish and Modern: With the growing popularity of high-tech materials in fashion, wearing graphene-enhanced garments can be a stylish choice, aligning with modern and tech-forward trends.
About Go to Gym
Welcome to GoToGym: Revolutionizing Fitness and Wellness
At GoToGym, we're more than just a fitness brand; we're a lifestyle revolution. Founded in 2016 in Barranquilla, Colombia, we began as Friends N Gifts, evolving into GoToGym in 2018. Our mission is to make personalized well-being universally accessible, and our vision is to make sportswear sustainable, smart, and stylish.
Our unique approach transforms sportswear into a service, aligning with global trends towards sustainable, cost-effective, and pollution-free products. Imagine choosing the world's best designs for just cents, with your personalized sportswear evolving, printing, or auto-assembling while you shower!
Empowering Through Knowledge:
GoToGym University is a testament to our commitment to education, empowering our community with soft and hard skills, fostering intellectual growth, curiosity, and self-reliance for the betterment of humanity.
Sustainable and Stylish:
Our brand represents sustainability, leadership, and technological excellence. We meticulously design our sportswear, ensuring each piece aligns with our core values of loyalty, trust, competitiveness, and honesty.
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