Smart textiles Reflective textiles: These materials act like mirrors, reflecting light and increasing the wearer's visibility (and safety) at night or in low-light environments. Such fabrics can be windproof, water-repellent, water-resistant and moisture-permeable; recommended for any type of active lifestyle. Anti-mosquito: These textiles contain a strong insect-repellent additive that stays effective even after the fabric has gone through several washes; the materials are low in toxins and safe for sensitive skin. Environmental textiles: This is safe wear that can be recycled or regenerated. The good news is that the waste material is degradable after it is disposed of. Abrasion-resistant: A material with a long life, commonly used in ski clothing and gear, bicycle seats, protective apparel, rock-climbing gear, backpacks, shoes and gloves. Windproof: A complex weave of densely packed fibres and micro-porous membranes that ensures the wearer stays warm and safe from cold, biting winds. Negative-ion: A chemical compound that catches negative ions in the air; the health measure is used in underwear, curtain materials, upholstery, bedding, and materials for the interiors of cars and aircraft. Anti-bacterial: Materials that use natural, organic and inorganic anti-bacterial agents.