How much can our clothes really do to improve our bodies regulate temperature and get rid of excess heat? Quite a lot, actually.

New technologies such as cooling mineral blends, active wicking, and rapid drying can be used together to create powerful cooling effects that draw heat and moisture away from our skin to keep us cool and fresh.

brrr° Chief Scientist Apurba Banerjee shared insights into the future of these and other technologies at the REThink materials conference hosted by ITA Americans last week and emphasized the importance of testing products to prove effectiveness before making cooling claims.

Some fascinating things that scientists are exploring next include trying to replicate the biological functions of Saharan silver ants, which have tiny hairs that reflect sunlight and keep them cool, and other sustainable products like recycled polymers that have cooling properties, Banerjee said.

Here’s a link to the video of her presentation: