Sportswear can provide antibiotic resistance. Ban the unnecessary use of antimicrobial in clothing.

Check what kind of exercise clothes you can safely buy and what you should steer clear.

A new survey show that Adidas and several other sports and leisure clothes contain chemicals that can make bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The substances added to prevent unpleasant odors.

It is well documented that bacteria exposed to silver, including through textiles, may develop silver resistance.

A Swedish doctoral dissertation also show that silver-resistant bacteria may be resistant to important antibiotics.

According to the World Health Organization is the emergence of antibiotic resistance bacteria one of the worst public health threats the world faces.
Sportswear can provide antibiotic resistance

These clothing brands may contain silver
  • Adidas (Adidas has not specified which items containing silver or other antibacterial drugs)
  • Castelli (Castelli has not specified which items contain silver.)
  • Norrøna (All garments marked with polygiene) - Norrøna recently decided to phase out silver in further production.
  • Sweet Protection (all garments marked with polygiene)
  • X-Bionic (all) & X-Socks (all) - The manufacturer of X-Bionic and X-Socks working to find alternatives, but will continue to use silver until they have developed a different antibacterial therapy.
These clothing brands may contain other antibacterial substances
  • 2XU (All compression noise)
  • Adidas 
  • Puma - Puma has so far (October 7th) not answered Future in our hands survey. Information on the use of antibacterial substances is taken from their website.
  • Swix (RaceX Bodywear - uppers, pants, boxers)
These clothing brands contain no antibacterial substances
  • Asics
  • Bavac
  • Bergans
  • Bjørn Dæhlie
  • Casall
  • Craft
  • Devold
  • Helly Hansen
  • Kari Traa
  • Nike
More sportswear manufacturers using other antibacterial agents than silver. The most common option is so-called Quaternary ammonium compounds, used in everything from Pyrisept to hair conditioner for clothes. Also these drugs are suspected to induce antibiotic resistance.

Our recommendation is to steer clear of all exercise clothes marketed as antibacterial, odorless or similar.

There is broad consensus that the use of antibacterial substances in clothing and other consumer products is unfortunate.