There’s really nothing wrong with sweating. It’s one of the ways our bodies release toxins and stay cool when temperatures rise. But let’s face it, in the right conditions sweat can acquire, ahem, a certain ripeness. A combination of moisture, warmth and sloughed-off skin breeds the bacteria we associate with body odor.
One of the things I love about the Sympatico blend of 55% hemp and 45% Tencel is its ability to keep the funk factor at bay. Both fibers have natural antimicrobial properties that will give you extended wear without the need for laundering. I recently put this to the supreme test on a trip to Southeast Asia with its extreme temperatures and humidity levels. I found that spritzing my Sympatico apparel at night relaxed the day’s wrinkles and aired out the garment so it looked and felt fresh in the morning.
Hemp fiber has an extremely porous structure with countless nooks, crannies and spaces. This creates a great amount of surface area, accounting for both hemp’s ability to absorb moisture as well as allow air to flow freely. Its breathability hinders the growth of anaerobic bacteria.
The Tencel content in my fabric does its part similarly. With 50 percent more absorbency than cotton, it releases moisture quickly, allowing it to evaporate into the atmosphere. It conducts moisture directly from our skin to the interior of the fiber where bacteria is less likely to grow. Unlike synthetics, it allows our skin to regulate its own body temperature. By the way, though it’s manufactured, Tencel is not a synthetic. It’s produced entirely from farmed trees whose pulp is converted to fibers using closed-loop processing that prevents environmental damage.
Perhaps best of all, the combination of hemp and Tencel acts naturally to prevent bacterial odors without any of the dubious chemical treatments you’ll find in some sports and technical apparel.
When you consider the time and energy savings of less frequent laundering combined with its breathability and odor resistance, Sympatico’s fabric is a smart solution to combating the swelter factor.