Saniconcentrates™ are made with the aid of patented innovative techniques. Using Saniconcentrates allows you to make the surface of your products more resistant to the attack by microbes and bacteria and make the surface more resistant to bio-film adhesion. The Parx Plastics materials do not contain biocides. The plastic receives an intrinsic change on micrometrical scale which results in antiseptic and antibacterial characteristics in a biocompatible way. The adhesion and proliferation of bacteria on the surface of the object are slowed down and the microbes and bacteria count is being strongly reduced by only the mechanical/physical property of the surface. Objects and products produced with the aid of Saniconcentrate™ obtain antimicrobial and antibacterial properties proven by test according to ISO 22196 and JIS Z 2801 standard.
NO HEAVY METALS
ONLY ALLOWED SUBSTANCES
Silver and Nano-Silver are the most common solutions used today to make products antimicrobial. But we have to realize that silver is toxic to all living cells and contributes to antibiotic resistance. Nano-silver particularly leaches out of the product so it can be inhaled or digested and silver affects our waste water treatment methods.
The Parx Plastics technology is not using any harmful substance. It is completely biocompatible, non-toxic and 100% safe.
Nanoparticles are small, very small. So small that they cannot be controlled. That means they will always be able to exit the material they have been put into. Nano-particles can be really powerful and something powerful that cannot be controlled should be very well considered.
For these reasons Parx Plastics is not using nano particles or nano materials. Our technology is in micrometrical scale, perfectly under control.
JUST A TRACE ELEMENT
The Parx technology allows you to make a change in the mechanical/physical surface property of a product. And this changed property results in an antibacterial performance of 99,9% and higher measured according to ISO 22196.
So we are not using biocides or pesticides, and we are not using silver, nano-silver, nanoparticles, Triclosan or any other harmful substance. We cleverly use one of the most abundant trace elements in the human body to create a surface that act against bacteria in a mechanical/physical way.
No leaching required
The technology developed by Parx Plastics realizes an intrinsic, inert property change in and on the surface of the material. There is no migrating principle that creates the antimicrobial effect. The technology is intrinsic in the material.
SANICONCENTRATES™ allow you to REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF BACTERIA ON THE SURFACE
OF YOUR PRODUCT BY 99,9%* OR MORE. KEEPING THE MATERIAL CLEAN AND PROTECTED.
*proven by independent tests according to ISO 22196 and JIS Z2801
Characteristics of SaniCONCENTRATES™
Parx Plastics makes use of the natural trace element Zinc (not the metal state Zinc) that is an essential mineral present in food and neccessary in our daily diet.
The technology developed by Parx Plastics realizes an intrinsic, inert property change in and on the surface of the material. There is no substance migrating or leaching to act against bacteria.
Parx Plastics does not use silver or Nano-silver to achieve the antimicrobial effect. Silver is toxic and the use of such an ion-release mechanism can be hazardous as these elements can be inhaled or digested while their antibacterial property remains.
NO TRICLOSAN OR OTHER CHEMICALS
No Triclosan or other harmful chemicals are used to achieve the antimicrobial effect. Recently the use of triclosan has been linked to cancer and infertility with men.
NO NANOPARTICLES - NO NANO DIMENSION
The Parx Plastics solution is on a micrometrical scale. We do not use nanoparticles or nano-materials. The disadvantage of nanoparticles is that they can leave the material they have been integrated in and the function degrades over time. Our micrometrical scale solutions is perfectly controllable.
The function is through and through in the material. So it is not just on the surface and the great advantage is that it cannot wear off.
NO DEGRATION, LASTS A LIFETIME
Our technology doe not migrate. So it does not loose its effectiveness and the technology does not wear out.
NATURAL TRACE ELEMENT
Our materials are created by means of innovative technology and methods with the clever use of one of the most important natural trace elements Zinc (not the metal state Zinc), which is securely incorporated inside the material without the possibility of exiting the material.
NO HARMFUL ADDITIVES
Parx Plastics makes use of innovative technologies and newly discovered methods in combination with one of the most important natural trace elements. We do not use chemicals, pesticides, biocides, heavy metal or other harmful substances.
UNAFFECTED BY TEMPERATURE
Temperature conditions do not influence the functionality of the technology.
UNAFFECTED BY SHAPE
The shape of a product does not influence the functionality of the technology.
UNAFFECTED BY LIGHT
Light has no influence on the performance of the technology.
ONLY AUTHORISED SUBSTANCES
Substances used in relation to our technology are all authorized substances for the use in plastics.
99,9% and higher EFFECTIVENESS ACCORDING TO ISO 22196 AND JIS Z 2801
ISO 22196 and JIS Z 2801 are international standard that specifies a method of evaluating the antibacterial activity of antibacterial-treated plastics and other non-porous surfaces of products. Following these standards our materials show an antibacterial effectiveness level of 99,9% and higher.
The bacteria’s used for the tests are: Staphylococcus Aureus (gram+) a common bacteria that causes serious food poisoning, and the Escherichia coli (E.Coli)(gram-) which is a common cause of skin infections, respiratory disease and food poisoning.
THE TESTING PROCESS
Flat plastic parts of 50x50x10mm are prepared of treated and untreated material. A specified doses of the bacteria are placed on both the treated and untreated plastic parts and both are placed in incubation for 24 hours at 35°C and a relative humidity of no less than 90% (ideal conditions for bacteria to grow). After the incubation period the specimens are studied and the viable bacteria count is determined. A prescribed equation records the results showing the difference in viable bacteria on the treated and untreated plastic parts.
We have not just limited our tests to the above two bacteria’s. An equal effectiveness level has been observed for other bacteria, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Acinetobacter Baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter cloacae, Clostridium difficile and Candida albicans.
By ISO 22196 the Parx Plastics technology proves indisputably to have a remarkable effectiveness level of 99,9% and higher for its antibacterial effect, on wide range of bacteria, without degrading in time.
HIGH EFFECTIVE RATE AGAINST E.G.:
Staphylococcus Aureus (gram+)
Escherichia Coli (E. Coli) (gram-)
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
100% SAFE - CYTOTOXICITY TESTING
Cytotoxicity is the ability of an (chemical) agent to cause physical or biological damage to human cells. We have identified that materials or products produced with the aid of Saniconcentrates are not cytotoxic and they are fully safe in contact with humans and nature. To scientifically proof this we executed three types of tests: “Test of cell viability by staining with Trypan blue”, “Production of Nitrite in THP-1 cells” and “Sage of cytotoxicity by LDHdosage.” The Parx Plastics innovations prove to be not cytotoxic and therefore fully safe for human cells.
SAFE FOR FOODSTUFF - MIGRATION TESTING
To confirm the stability of our plastics we have performed migration tests according to the “Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food”. The tests are to verify both the durability of the material and specifically the compatibility of the material for applications that come in contact with foodstuff.
The above-mentioned EU regulation prescribes that plastic materials and articles shall not release specific materials in quantities exceeding 5 mg/kg food or food simulant. We verified our materials and we applied the above tests to confirm if there was a supply of material in ionic form exiting our material and if so, in what quantities. The plastic specimens were placed in contact with for example these food simulants:
Food simulant A: Ethanol 10%
Food simulant B: acetic acid 3% (w/v)
Food simulant C: 10% ethanol (v/v)
Food simulant D: oil or saliva adjusted or a mixture of synthetic triglycerides or sunflower oil
In particular, we want to highlight the tests performed with Simulant B (acetic acid), which represents the most aggressive method. The test was performed under specific conditions with a temperature of 70°C for 2 hours as described by the legislation referred to above. Of this solution 50ml was used to completely immerse the specimens. The solutions obtained after treatment, were subjected to elemental analysis by ICP-AES using a tool “Ultima2” of the company Horiba Jobin Yvon. The results turn out to be phenomenal. We see migration levels that are *below 0,001PPM and these are considered negligible as the results are under the instrument tolerance. Concluding: we see no migration.
* The tolerance of our instruments is 0,001 PPM. This is the lowest possible value we can measure, values lower than this tolerance cannot be measured. The EU regulation describes a minimum tolerance of 0,01 PPM.
OTHER SOLUTIONS - DESKRESEARCH
We have made a collection of published articles, video's and more in relation to other antibacterial technologies and solutions. This data was not written, provided or published by Parx Plastics in any way. This data is openly available on the internet and we merely provide it in order to supply you a convenient summary of it. So if you wish to learn more about other available solutions you can find the deskresearch area here.
Microbes and bacteria can proliferate on all objects, especially if the environmental conditions are favorable; such as high humidity, favorable ambient temperature, sufficient nutrition.