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Anti-microbial and/or anti-fungal footwear components formed from various thermoplastic polymers and additives in fibers in a mono-component form or a bi-component form in either a core-sheath or side-by-side configurations. The anti-microbial synthetic fibers include inorganic anti-microbial additives, distributed in certain areas to reduce the amount of the anti-microbial agents being used, and therefore the cost of such fibers. In certain embodiments, high tenacity polymers (e.g. PET) are employed in one portion and hydrolysis resistance polymers (e.g. PCT) in another portion with the additives. The fibers can further be blended with non-anti-microbial fibers such as cotton, wool, polyester, acrylic, nylon etc. to provide anti-microbial finished fabrics. In one embodiment, binder fibers are used which are mixed with other fibers.

Title
Anti-microbial fiber and fibrous products
Application Number
10/768840
Publication Number
6946196 (B2)
Application Date
January 30, 2004
Publication Date
September 20, 2005
Inventor
Stephen W Foss
Rye Beach
NH, US
Agent
John Hamilton
Jerry Cohen
Perkins Smith & Cohen
Assignee
Foss Manufacturing Co
NH, US
IPC
D02G 003/00
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