Let’s make reusable and comfortable protective wear the new standard in healthcare.
CCT is a research through design project, powered by a like-minded team of female technologists, fashion designers and researchers. Through an iterative approach we developed a system for reusable isolation gowns for hospital staff that are protective, user-friendly, comfortable, functional and recyclable.
Our high quality gown reduces the current environmental impact of disposable gowns by over 90%. One locally made reusable gown replaces 400 disposables, which ultimately results in cost savings. We have achieved this impact through effective collaboration with healthcare professionals, a reinvention of the gown silhouette and pattern, and through selecting washable coated textiles and digital production techniques to optimize use and minimize waste.
Each gown is traced by their unique label and can be returned to the user after UV-C disinfection or industrial washing. User tests with the final prototypes in more than 6 Dutch hospitals validates that care personnel feel comfortable and protected with this innovative design.
The CCT team is eager to share the rich knowledge developed within this project in the hope of reducing the global burden of PPE waste. www.by-wire.net/cct