Erreà, the Italian sportswear company and the kit supplier of many sports clubs in various countries, has introduced a new fabric that is said to protect the players from microbes and bacteria. Developed with the use of nanotechnologies, the new “Ti-energy” fabric is made with nanoparticles of zinc oxide. The fabric is water-repellent and is said to block any sort of liquid, thereby remaining dry while also preventing the player from absorbing potentially dangerous, infected droplets. The liquid glides off the surface, the company explained. This also prevents mould, unpleasant odors and stains from developing on the jersey. The Ti-energy fabric is also Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. It is 100 percent recyclable and can be washed using lower doses of detergent, without needing high temperatures, thanks to the fact that it gets significantly less dirty, the company claims. Parma Calcio 1913, an Italian football club of which the brand is the kit sponsor, was due to wear a jersey made with the Ti-energy fabric on June 28, in a Serie A match against Inter Milan in Parma.