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WORTH Partnership Project

Skin II

A probiotic textile technology created by embedding healthy bacteria in clothing fibres

Skin II

Our bodies' health is closely linked to the ecology of bacteria invisibly living on the skin's surface, known as the skin microbiome.  This understanding that we live in a symbiotic relationship with microbes, plays an important role in coordinating the function of our whole body. Therefore, what we wear next to our skin can have a direct impact, and as such, our environment shapes our health.

Many textiles in the fashion industry contain toxic chemicals such as heavy metals, antimicrobials, chlorine bleach, and formaldehyde, at every stage of the production process. Not only are these chemicals a serious health risk, but they are also harmful to the environment and natural ecosystems. This has led us to question the clothes we live in, who is living in us, and how this plays a role in our overall health.

Skin II

We want to address the unsustainable problem of chemicals in the fashion industry and their effect on both the environment and the body. The idea is therefore to add performance and function to clothing using a natural bio-tech approach. Our Probiotic Textiles technology encapsulates healthy bacteria into the fibres of clothing, a collaboration between the brand SKIN SERIES and microbiologist Dr. Chris Callewaert. These are activated when they are in contact with the moisture on our skin, allowing them to alter the microbiome of both textiles and skin. The encapsulated bacteria are associated with reduced body odour, encouraging cell renewal, and improving the skin’s immune system.  This patented technology replaces the need for toxic chemical fabric finishes and reduces the need to wash your clothes frequently.  'Skin II' aims to use what is natural in our bodies to advance the performance of clothing. 

Skin II
Projects Edition
  • WORTH Partnership Projects II
Project Call
  • 1st Call Projects
Project Sector
  • Textile - Fashion
Project Challenge
  • New European Bauhaus



Rosie Broadhead

United Kingdom

Dr Chris Callewaert