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Travelling light - now you can with clothes that don't need washing for weeks

It’s the ultimate way to go ‘travelling light’ as a Canadian designer has invented clothes that  can be worn for weeks without washing.

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At the centre of Unbound Apparel’s discovery is merino wool. Their new products mean that instead of having to pack two week’s worth of clothes changing in your suitcase, you can now opt to take a small backpack instead.

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The Jakarta Post reports that is because merino is superior to synthetic or cotton fabrics and is also antibacterial.

Backpackers can cut down on the size of the bag with these new clothes range
Travelling light – Backpackers can cut down on the size of the bag with these new clothes  Image by PA

Its resistance to odour means sweaty moisture is wiped away so that it can evaporate.

Suitcases can be moved to one side in preference for a small backpack with these new merino wool based clothes range
Suitcases can be moved to one side in preference for a travelling light option with a smaller bag thanks to these new merino wool-based clothes range Image by frankieleon / CC BY 2.0

Cotton absorbs perspiration, making it a breeding ground for bacteria.

Merino’s natural properties make it more popular than other fabrics for the more expensive athletic clothing. This fabric also performs in different weather conditions by staying light and breathable when it is very hot while also having the ability to warm the body when temperatures are cold.

Travelling light! Merino is a traveller’s blessing because it does not crease and is easy to wear. If it gets wet, it also has quick-drying properties.

By not having to use an iron to smooth out wrinkles after unpacking or washing, it looks smart in either beach days or if you have to attend more formal gatherings.

Unbound Apparel is also offering men’s underwear and socks. This means that people can significantly reduce the amount of luggage, allowing them to choose a smaller backpack.

When it was first launched, the company did a trial by wearing the jerseys for 46 days without washing them.

They were worn around Southeast Asia and also to the gym and sauna at home.

T-shirts in the company line cost US$50, with $35 for underwear and $15 for socks.

Unbound is about the art of travelling lighter and smarter and the great Picasso claimed art was about eliminating the unnecessary.