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Vollebak’s latest jacket is 65 percent copper, 100 percent made to kill COVID-19

What's more metal than a metal that kills?

Vollebak is a company that pushes the boundaries of what a jacket can be. A little more than a month ago the company debuted an “Indestructable” jacket that’s made of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene, also known as Dyneema Black. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vollebak has announced a jacket that’s 65% copper.

65%

copper, 23% polyamide, and 12% polyurethane.

"When Covid-19 hit we were already working on the future of intelligent, disease-resistant clothing and we'd chosen copper as a natural first building block."

Steve Tidball, co-founder of Vollebak, to Dezeen.

"This first concept is focused on proving it's possible to make pieces of clothing almost entirely out of copper. Now we've done that we can start exploring what form they take and what function they can have."

Steve Tidball, co-founder of Vollebak, to Dezeen.

11 km

The jacket is made with several kilometers of copper yarn.

According to Vollebek's website, that yarn is then woven with traditional synthetic fibers and then lacquered and dyed.

But can it kill germs?

It is true that copper can kill microorganisms, but since Vollebak's website says that the copper strands used in its jacket are lacquered, the virus-killing properties are likely not as strong. We reached out to Vollebak to ask about this but did not receive a response by the time of publication.

Regardless, the virus-killing properties aren't really the appeal here. The appeal is that you have a metal jacket.

$1,095

If you want Vollebak's "Full Metal Jacket," it's going to cost you.

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