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Finally, a scarf that wards off germs on the TTC

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 30, 2014

antibacterial scarfPublic transit: Where we commune with our fellow man - and his microbes. Picking up mysterious illnesses from strangers is one of the many unique joys of city living, and though the TTC incorporated anti-microbial handle coatings into its latest trains, Toronto's transit system - and your immune system - are never truly safe from tiny intruders.

There's no guarantee that guy next to you with the tissues stuffed in his sleeve is properly executing the sneeze-into-arm manouevre, and unless you wanted to bathe in hand sanitizer, or wear one of those surgical masks in public, there wasn't really much you could do - until now!

With the launch of a new brand, Adrianian Canadian, Toronto fashion designer Adrian Wu has just unveiled "the world's first antibacterial scarf specifically designed for public transit". The pieces are made of a cotton/synthetic material coated with an antimicrobial agent meant to repel the bacteria, mold and viruses that would normally penetrate a piece of fabric.

They come in two styles - a simple loop scarf for $48 and a double-size zippered model for $84 - and three different colours, available now for preorder on the brand's website. (Hot tip for hypochondriacs: Steer clear of the brand's collection of transit facts, which suggest that you are six times more likely to end up at the doctor's with a respiratory infection if you have recently used a bus or train. Shudder.)

Photo courtesy Adrianian Canadian on Facebook.



Joey / April 30, 2014 at 04:32 am
The anti-bacterial thing looks pretty gimmicky to me, but the scarves themselves look pretty nice. I hope they're still available in October/November.
MC / April 30, 2014 at 08:14 am
There's a special place in hell for the people who are contagiously sick and who cough without covering their mouths.
rodeo / April 30, 2014 at 09:39 am
Sorry, my favourite is the spelling error on their description for the loops scarf.

Think this is a really cool idea for those who have serious concern, or low immune systems. And for those who are not (myself) that thing looks pretty cozy!
Me / April 30, 2014 at 11:00 am
Antimicrobial Agent? Let's see...chance being around everyday cold germs or willingly breathe in possible toxic chemicals from behind a scarf?
Senex / April 30, 2014 at 11:52 am
Interesting idea. Poor execution. One wonders whose advice they're taking.
Reg / April 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Just wear a scarf over your mouth it will protect you all the same. Don't believe the hype.
Bubbles / May 1, 2014 at 12:31 am
With all the anti-microbial this and that, it's no wonder everyone today is so soft. Kids pick up allergies because their bodies aren't used to fighting. Then they get measles and polio because their idiot parents eschew vaccines and subscribe to the same neurotic pseudoscience that sells everything else related to the modern-day obsession with health. Wipes, sprays, coatings, various trends in healthy eating that often contradict each other, it all leads back to this asinine idea that we can control biological inevitabilities. Modernism never evolved, it just took on new faces. The upper middle class today is just as sanitized as they were in the 50s, except now they have even more layers of contradictions and neuroses and denials stacked on top of each other-- rather than fleeing to the suburbs and destroying the natural world, they pay lip service to everything and everyone they ostracized while creating the same fundamental reality as before. Diversity, ecology, community, health, they are now all just meaningless buzzwords to a society driven by mendacious empty lifestyles.
Jon / May 22, 2014 at 06:39 am
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