A newly introduced antimicrobial additive will aid personal care and pharmaceutical product manufacturers to help stop the spread of infection. It is ideal for a wide range of products, from antibacterial products such as hand soaps and sanitizers to bath care, skin care and hair care products. The antimicrobial action of the resulting packaging will kill the majority of bacteria that land on its surface, therefore helping to stop the spread of infection from individual to individual.
The additive is based on silver ions, an antimicrobial that works against a wide range of microbes including E. Coli, MRSA, Salmonella enteritides and two types of bathroom mould. The silver ions are incorporated into the surface of the moulding. When a bacteria attempts to consume something on the surface of the packaging it will also ingest a silver ion. When ingested by the bacteria the ion stops the cell wall from closing, thereby disrupting the cell's metabolism, inhibiting respiration, cell division and reproduction. The bacteria fighting effect will last for the life time of the packaging. Also, the antimicrobial action of the packaging does not affect the formulation of the product inside in any way.
M&h, the UK-based packaging company hopes its innovation will be popular with companies trying to find the extra edge in a highly competitive market, particularly due to the continuing media coverage of health and hygiene issues. M&H's antimicrobial additive can be incorporated into a wide range of plastic packaging products and will not affect either the appearance of the packaging or the formulation contained within.