When it comes to healthcare textiles, there are several factors to be considered. While fabric is more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, it’s porous and woven, creating space for bacteria to grow. When it comes to healthcare applications, textiles have a lot more weight to pull. Their prevalence in the environment requires them to be flame-retardant to increase the safety of staff and patients in case of a fire emergency. Hospitals are high traffic areas, so these textiles should be durable and able to withstand interactions with thousands of people each year. Most significantly, healthcare textiles should be anti-bacterial/microbial. For this reason, manufacturers tend to use synthetic fibers and chemically treated materials to achieve these properties. In recent years, studies have shown that these products and their associated chemicals can accumulate to toxic levels in the body, putting the health of those who are most frequently exposed to them at risk. The use of harsh chemicals against bacteria is also a contributing factor to “superbugs,” bacteria that have evolved immunities to antibiotics.