Telford company invents patches to tackle body odour

Patches that combat odour
Image caption Odegon Technologies says the patches do not contain any chemicals

A clothing patch that helps to combat body odour has been invented by a Shropshire company.

Odegon Technologies Ltd, near Telford, has spent 18 months testing the fabric patches, which are based on declassified military technology.

They will be incorporated into this season's suits at Marks & Spencer and are also sold to combat foot odour.

The patch is based on fabrics used by the military in gas masks, diving and chemical and biological warfare suits.

Absorbing molecules

Steve Rawlings of Odegon Technologies said: "We have these carriages [former railway carriages] as a holiday let for people to come and stay… and a gentleman who is the head of innovation and quality control at Marks & Spencer, he was staying in the carriages.

"I was just showing him what our product does... and he said, 'I might be interested'."

The technology in the patches, sewn into the lining, absorbs the molecules that make up the bad odour.

Mr Rawlings originally began experimenting with the technology when he was trying to find a way to absorb methane safely in deep-sea diving suits.

As methane can be dangerous, he wanted to find a fabric that would absorb it before it could cause problems for the diver.

The company has also created a similar product for shoes that is being sold by Boots under its own brand.

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