Although the following news article is out of scope with our usual reporting — we couldn’t help but humor our readership with the following technology.
UK based Shreddies, producer of healthcare underwear, has released their Flatulence Filtering range of underwear. Their patented filter underwear removes odors through the use of flexible carbon cloth.
Zorflex, originally developed for the British Ministry of Defense for use in chemical warfare suits, is the material used by Shreddies to filter out odors created by farts.
Shreddies describes how the material is used in their underwear on their site:
“Shreddies flatulence filtering underwear features a ‘Zorflex’ activated carbon back panel that absorbs all flatulence odours. Due to its highly porous nature, the odour vapours become trapped and neutralized by the cloth, which is then reactivated by simply washing the garment.”
They may be especially useful for those with irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, lactose intolerance, those with generally excessive flatulence as well as any general consumer that would like to adopt the shreddies motto and fart with confidence.
One wonders if this technology could be used on face shields to help shield healthcare professionals from some of the odors encountered on a daily basis in the hospital and clinic setting. Shreddies are available in boxer briefs and support boxers for men starting at about $40 and briefs and high waisted briefs for women starting at about $30.