Acteev Protect™ antimicrobial technology
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Acteev Protect™ antimicrobial technology

Now available: a first-of-its-kind active line of protection for face masks, filtration, apparel and plastics

Acteev Protect fabrics, filtration media and engineered plastics deliver breakthrough protection for face masks, apparel, upholstery, air filters, high-touch surfaces and more. Microbes can cause products to deteriorate, discolor and smell bad. But Acteev Protect’s patent-pending technology offers a permanent solution that guards against the growth of unwanted odor-causing bacteria, fungi and microbes.

The technology embeds active zinc ions into the matrix of the polymer. Unlike topical finishes or coatings, the zinc ions don't flake away, providing long lasting functionality.

A step change in performance of finished goods

  • Odor resistant: Destroys microbes that cause unpleasant smells.
  • Mildew resistant: Designed to stop mildew growth to help extend the life of the application.
  • Durable: Made from polyamide-based polymer, a tough yet soft material in textiles.
  • Dyable and printable: Easily customized in knits and wovens.
  • Versatile: Available in a variety of forms, from textile fabrics to engineered plastics.
  • Sustainable: Doesn’t require chemical coatings or water-intensive finishing.
  • Washfast: Textile fabrics remain protected after 50 washes.
  • Free from silver: Won’t yellow or leach into the environment.

Introducing a face mask that is powerful enough to work yet comfortable enough to wear

Acteev Protect™ general purpose face masks are soft, easy to breathe through and long-lasting – and they're made with a technology that eliminates microbes.*

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The specialty polyamide polymer matrix... shows superior and potentially class-leading antimicrobial efficacy"
Christopher A. McDevitt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, ARC Future Fellow and Group Leader, University of Melbourne

Available polyamide forms

  • Knit fabrics
  • Woven fabrics 
  • Nanofiber nonwoven fabric  
  • Microfiber nonwoven fabric
  • Spunbond nonwoven fabric
  • Enginereed plastics


  • Nonwoven face masks and filters
  • Washable knit face masks
  • Apparel and footwear
  • Home goods and upholstery
  • Uniforms
  • Air filtration and industrial products
  • Automotive interiors
  • High-touch plastic surfaces
*Acteev Protect does not protect users or others against disease-causing bacteria. These claims fall under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's treated article exemption. Regulations in other countries may differ.​

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Ascend launches Acteev Protect™ antimicrobial technology

Patent-pending innovation includes textile fabrics and nonwovens to protect face masks, filtration and apparel

Read the press release