Thursday, December 22, 2016

New Technique to Create Biodegradable Cellulose-based Plastic: Tuskegee Univ.

Currently, most bioplastics are produced using renewable biomass resources, such as vegetable fats, oils, and sweet potatoes, which readily decompose once they are buried in the ground. However, these materials lack the necessary strength and flexibility required to extend the life of plastics in the packaging and electronic industry.

New Discovery in Plastics:

To date, there have been limited successes in inventing new solvents to dissolve cellulose for commercialization usage. Also, the increase in toxicity associated with current dissolution techniques has made cellulose less attractive for use in the plastic industry. But, Tuskegee University researchers have discovered a new method that can be used to suspend tiny particles of cellulose in an organic solvent that is commonly used in the plastic industry. This technique could remove the current limitations and allow for the creation of a new kind of biodegradable cellulose-based plastic. This product can be used in the production of items ranging from packaging materials to plastic covers. 

Dr. Michael L. Curry, an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, along with his second-year graduate student, Donald H. White, both work as members of and in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (Phase II), a multi-institutional partnership devoted to investigating the fundamental molecular mechanisms by which nanoparticles interact with biological systems. 


Taking full advantage of the new dispersion of cellulose technique, Curry and White experimented with the development of cellulose-based plastics using both biodegradable and non-biodegradable polymer matrices. Unlike earlier bio-based plastics, their cellulose-based plastics are flexible and show significant improvements in the storage modulus which demonstrates an increase in the rigidity and strength of the composite material. 

Curry stated that given that the global production of plastics will exceed 300 million tons annually in the near future and greater than 98 percent of it is made with crude oil and other fossil fuels, this new invention will not only help us to meet our Center’s goal of “using fundamental chemistry to enable the development of nanotechnology in a sustainable manner, for societal benefits,” but will also limit the amount of non-biodegradable plastics ending up in our land fields and oceans, and the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by plastics that contribute to global climate change.

Source: Tuskegee University

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Breathing Facade Skin Made of Covestro’s Transparent Solid Polycarbonate Sheets

The idea behind the seminal Breathing Skins showroom is to use the outer envelope of buildings to variably adapt the indoor climate to the needs of the occupants. The project centers around a breathing facade skin using transparent solid sheets of the polycarbonate Makrolon®. This is modeled on a natural, organic skin. 
Covestro recently won the innovation award of the European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders Organization (EPSE) for this development. It was the eighth time the organization had held the Best Polycarbonate Projects Competition to recognize outstanding applications with polycarbonate sheets. 
Controllable Permeability:
Tobias Becker’s proprietary development makes it possible to infinitely vary the permeability of facades and thus adapt the indoor climate to the user’s specific requirements. Germany’s Federal Minister for the Environment Barbara Hendricks and Maria Krautzberger, president of the German Federal Environment Agency, have now presented Tobias Becker with the Federal Ecodesign Award in the Young Talent category. 
The inspiration for developing a breathing facade skin comes from the idea of ventilating an interior via pore-like air ducts without creating a draft.
These ducts can be sealed pneumatically so as to be airtight by applying a small overpressure to the facade element. 
A low-energy compressor controls around 140 pneumatic “muscles” per square meter without any visible technology. 
Applying a small under pressure widens the reversible air ducts fitted between two perforated, transparent polycarbonate (PC) solid sheets of Makrolon® GP clear 099 polycarbonate from Covestro. 
The sandwich design weighs less than eleven kilograms per square meter. 
The showroom is a prototype for testing breathing skins facade technology and experiencing it at an emotional level. The organic-like facade skin and the soft, meandering form of the Breathing Skins showroom complement each other perfectly. Geometrically speaking, the facade is made up of six arcs with different radii. The solid sheets’ good thermoforming properties produced excellent results.
The facade is over ten meters long, has an area of 25 square meters and is split into several elements.
To reinforce the image of a continuous facade, the load-bearing parts of the sandwich facade elements are all made of solid polycarbonate sheets. 
The interior has an area of eight square meters and a clear height of 2.4 meters.
A wooden structure with edges 4.5 by 4.5 meters long marks the vertical limit of the interior. 
The ceiling panel rests on four round, recessed larch supports mounted outside the interior. 
The modular components are so small and light that each of them can be carried by two people. 

The more the pneumatic muscles dilate, the more the facade’s appearance changes. Permeability for light and air as well as see-through visibility can be modified locally and gradually. The concept is based on biomimetics, the basic idea of which is to observe nature closely and turn the findings into technical applications.

Breathing Skins Showroom:
The laminated birch surfaces make you want to touch them, and create a warm effect that provides an excellent contrast to the plastic facade.
More Than Just Transparent Glazing:
The showroom demonstrates that polycarbonate sheets can be used for more than just transparent glazing in architectural applications. Their mechanical properties and the fact that they are milled during the machining process enable easy integration of controllable elements such as the pneumatic muscles. Transparent facades of all building typologies thus become a tool for controlling energy management and interior climate.
Source: Covestro

RESINEX Adds Trinseo’s Biocompatible PS for Medical Devices to its Portfolio

RESINEX has recently added STYRON™ 2678 MED, a biocompatible polystyrene from Trinseo, to its portfolio of polymers. 

ISO Compliant Biocompatible PS:
This general purpose injection molding grade has undergone testing based on ISO 10993 standards and is suitable for use in approved medical applications. It combines the versatility of polystyrenes with the specifically high reliability of supply needed in this industry, and it meets extended demands in terms formulation lock, notification of change and lot traceability. 

Typical applications include clear rigid packaging, diagnostic components, petri dishes and housings for test kits.

Typical Applications of STYRON™ 2678 MED Include Transparent Parts for Medical Devices
Special Characteristics:
Beyond the general advantages of polystyrene, such as outstanding transparency, high stiffness, rigidity and heat resistance, STYRON™ 2678 MED also provides further special characteristics required for medical devices including chemical resistance to fight infection. The material can be sterilized by ethylene oxide (EtO) and shows very good radiation stability when subjected to gamma- or e-beam sterilization, even at high doses. STYRON™ 2678 MED may also be processed further with secondary operations such as solvent bonding, welding and laser marking, typical for medical devices.

Hence, STYRON™ 2678 MED opens new applications for polystyrenes, going beyond those of general purpose food grades.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PEEK-replacing Nano-reinforced Nylon Alloy by Foster for Medical Device

Foster Corporation has introduced Nanomed MAX® compounds for medical device components that require high strength, yet cannot use metals or traditional reinforced plastics. 
These compounds, based on an alloy of meta-xylene diamine polyamide (MX nylon), are United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Class VI tested and suitable for reusable instruments or components that must withstand gamma, e-beam and ethylene oxide sterilization.

Need of Nano Reinforced Nylon Alloys:

Minimally invasive procedures are increasingly used throughout the healthcare industry. New procedures require instruments, fixtures and components that do not interfere with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized axial tomography (CAT), fluoroscopy, and x-ray imaging. Metals are not suitable and plastics often require reinforcing additives, such as glass fiber, to provide sufficient strength for structural components. 

However, these traditional additives are too large for molding or extruding intricate device components with thin wall sections. Unreinforced, high strength plastic options, such as polyetheretherketone (PEEK), are often cost prohibitive.

Nanomed MAX Compounds:

Nanomed MAX compounds incorporate nanoclay particles into a high strength nylon alloy. 
These platelet-shaped particles, less than a nanometer thick and up to 1000 times greater in surface diameter, provide reinforcement at the molecular level. 
This enhances strength and rigidity of the polymer without hindering flow into thin sections.
Nanomed MAX compounds include less than 10% by weight nanoparticles resulting in 15% more tensile strength than unmodified PEEK, for approximately half the price.

Source: Foster Corporation

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Special free webinar offer for the polymer professionals

What: free online webinar
When: December 14th at 16:00 GMT
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Metal-replacing High Heat-resistant PA

At the 21st Plastic Materials Congress, entitled “Chiedilo alla Plastica” [Turn to Plastics], held on 17 November in Varese, Italy, RadiciGroup Performance Plastics introduced its latest innovation, a new blow-molding-grade polyamide capable of standing up to continuous exposure to hot air at temperatures of up to 230°C. 

The material was developed for, and in collaboration with, Röchling Automotive. Such a high level of heat resistance opens up new opportunities in the metal replacement field, where parts are subjected to severe environmental conditions.

Polyamide Engineering Thermoplastics

The new material belongs to RadiciGroup’s RADILON® range of polyamide engineering thermoplastics, products that have a wide variety of uses in the automotive, electrical/electronics, industrial goods and consumer goods sectors.

The RADILON® range includes both traditional formulations and, as in the case of the Röchling Automotive partnership project, specialties with high innovative content, such as polyamides for continuous operation at high temperatures, materials specifically designed for metal replacement applications and materials featuring excellent resistance to chemical agents.

New High Heat-resistant Polyamide

The new product is a copolymer with a semi-aromatic component, which, in combination with other additives used to retard the thermal oxidation process, endows the material with very high heat resistance properties. Furthermore, the formulation ensures high melt strength and good blow-moldability.

Tests & Trials

  • Trials and validation tests performed in the Röchling Automotive laboratories have allowed for quantifying some of the advantages of the new product:
  • Weight reduction: 15%
  • Reduced energy consumption in production: 5-7% (lower process and mold temperature)
  • Less expensive molds (molds last longer thanks to the lower abrasion of PA compared to PPS)
  • Enhanced impact resistance compared to PPS (Charpy un-notched impact strength at 23°C: + 72%; Charpy notched impact strength at 23°C: + 52%).

Polyamide Plastic for Automotive Industry

For the automotive industry – where there is a very clear trend towards smaller but more powerful engines, lower CO2 emissions, longer vehicle useful life and less under-the-bonnet space –, the new PAs must be designed to provide good heat resistance at high temperatures, good processability and competitive pricing.

The know-how acquired by RadiciGroup Performance Plastics in the field of polyamide engineering plastics and its synergistic collaboration with the RadiciGroup Chemicals Business Area, enables the compounder to take on these challenges and offer concrete solutions to the market demand for innovation, customization, flexibility and performance. 

Commenting on the collaboration with Röchling Automotive to develop turbo air pipes to be used by a major car manufacturer, Erico Spini, Marketing and Application Development Director Europe of RadiciGroup Plastics, stressed that:
“collaboration and continual interaction with our customers give rise to customized products that are unique and able to ensure the best performance and best characteristics for any specific application need”.

Marco Barbolini, intake systems project manager of Röchling Automotive, expressed his satisfaction with the RadiciGroup Performance Plastics partnership: 
“We are very satisfied, because we found RadiciGroup to be an excellent partner in the development of a new material which fills a gap in the market offering and combines high performance characteristics with high heat resistance, while maintaining the good processability that is typical of polyamides.”

Source: RadiciGroup

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Total/Corbion Form 50:50 Joint Venture for Bioplastics Development

 Total and Corbion have joined forces to develop bioplastics by creating a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market polylactic (PLA) polymers. The two partners plan to build a world-class PLA polymerization plant with a capacity of 75,000 tons per year at Corbion's site in Thailand that already has a lactide (PLA monomer) production unit that will become part of the joint venture. Corbion will supply the lactic acid necessary for the production of the PLA and the lactide.

Total/Corbion – Bioplastic JV

The new company will be based in the Netherlands and will launch operations in the 1st quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.

Bernard Pinatel, President of Total Refining & Chemicals, commented:
“I’m very pleased with this joint venture, which aims to become a major player in the growing bioplastics market. This investment is consistent with our One Total ambition of expanding in biofuels and bioplastics, in addition to our more traditional oil- and gas-based products. Corbion’s unique position in the lactic acid and biopolymers value chain makes it a natural choice for Total. The joint venture will allow us to supply an innovative material that is 100% renewable and biodegradable and that responds to sustainability concerns.”

Tjerk de Ruiter, CEO of Corbion, stated: 
“PLA is one of the first renewable, biodegradable polymers able to compete with existing polymers. The joint venture, which will combine Total’s technical and marketing knowledge and leading position in polymers with Corbion’s expertise in lactic acid and biopolymers, will enable us to supply innovative products and will accelerate market acceptance.”

PLA Bioplastic

PLA is a biobased, biodegradable polymer obtained by fermenting renewable resources (sugar or starch) to produce lactic acid. 
PLA is mainly used for food packaging, disposable tableware and textiles, as well as in numerous other industries such as oil and gas, electronics, automotive and 3D printing.
PLA is a fast-growing polymer market segment, with an estimated average annual growth rate of 10 to 15% to 2025.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A thermoplastic RTM process for large series

KraussMaffei will be demonstrating the production of an automotive fiber composite structural component with metal inlays under series production conditions at K2016. Frames for the roof shell of the Roding Roadster R1 sports car will be created several times a day at the trade show booth.

The individual steps prove how complex the process is while being cycle-time-optimized at the same time. The four sub-preforms and the aluminum and steel insert are first positioned on a gauge. This is followed by riveting the steel insert with one of the sub-preforms. A handling robot then positions the aluminum bracket and the preassembled hybrid components in the T-RTM mold. Here, the caprolactam is injected and the subsequent chemical reaction tales place in which the material cures into the thermoplastic Polyamide 6. After the reaction time expires, the handling robot removes the finished component. The use of what is called the near net shape approach, which takes the part close to its final form, means there is no need for complex post-mold processing such as milling the border area.

Melting the material on an on-demand basis:
KraussMaffei functions as the system provider for the complete production cell. An important component is the new RimStar 8/8 T-RTM metering system, which makes the melting process on-demand. Only the material for a few shots is melted at a time. This makes it possible to prevent a material aging of the two caprolactam components (caprolactam base material and activator or catalyst) by minimizing the thermal load on the melt. The new metering system also offers outstandingly accurate temperature control, from melting to injection into the cavity. "These properties, taken together, ensure consistently higher product quality and thus underscore the suitability for series production," says Fries.
The new metering system enables processing at temperatures of up to 180°C and thus is ideally suited for Polyamide 6. Other products optimally designed for the high temperatures include the MK 10-2K high-pressure injection head with a shot weight from 250 g at 100 g/s and the high-pressure injection pump, which KraussMaffei can customize thanks to its in-house pump manufacturing. Precision and space-saving handling of the T-RTM mold is ensured by a KraussMaffei compact mold carrier of type FTR with a clamping force of 3800 kN.

Advantages for fiber content, material consumption, post-mold processing
The T-RTM process has various benefits over parallel plastics processing processes, e.g. the familiar RTM with epoxy resin or polyurethane (PUR). The low viscosity of just five millipascal-seconds (mPA·s) – similar to water – allows the matrix material caprolactam to penetrate the fiber layers even with low internal mold pressures. For the application demonstrated at the exhibition, a clamping force of approx. 3500 kN is sufficient, meaning lower costs for investment and energy. In addition, the high flow capacity allows for low minimum wall thicknesses and allows the fiber volume content to be as high as about 60 percent.
A so-called near-net-shape approach, that is closely contoured production, allows the material input rate of plastic and expensive carbon fibers to be reduced. That in turn reduces material costs. In addition, the post-mold finishing steps are also kept to a minimum. While non-near-net-shape processes require the component to be separated via methods such as milling the edge areas, a punch solution can be implemented for this component, for example. Besides the near-net-shape approach, the multi-preform concept also effects a further reduction in fiber waste and allows a (sectional) load-dependent fiber architecture.
Compared to the three-dimensionally networked thermosets, the chain-like structure of thermoplastics constitutes a unique attribute: they can be reheated and reshaped, making them weldable and recyclable. The roof frame material can be regranulated and used together with its fiber content to produce parts in the injection molding process, for example.
High impact strength and more ductile fracture behavior
The mechanical properties of PA6 are also interesting for structural components. The thermoplastic features higher impact strength and more ductile fracture behavior than thermosets. That means that forces can be absorbed by the material deforming before a fracture occurs.
When T-RTM is compared to injection molding, the classic area of application for thermoplastics, its benefits can also be seen in its high fiber content and low viscosity, which allow the production of parts with very thin walls.


Thursday, October 13, 2016


RACPLA Plastic sheet which is incorporated with Silver antimicrobial technology to eliminate micro-organisms. I think it is one time investment for many years and it's cost effective as well for long term basis.

1. Racquet Plastics, Belgium (Plastic sheet makers for all Hospitals)

Combination sheets: Special sheets to be made to eliminate tuberculosis bacteria, algae, fungi, and MRSA,Ecoli, salmonella bacteria.And can be used this sheet in Operation Theater,Patient ward,ICU ,Laboratory,and corporate office.
Also this can be used in the following areas:
Wall lining in meat processing unit and poultry farms.

Wall lining animal operating theatre (horse, etc)
Wall line Quarantine tables
Wall lining Brewery
Egg incubator system,
mobile lab, stationary lab.

Combi sheets which can eliminate Mycobacterium Tuberclosis (TB)bacteria in short period.
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Attached the test certificate on Belgium's company plastic sheets for TB.

These sheets can be place on ceilings,walls and flooring for long term performance against TB and other bacteria.

Manufacturer Name:Racquet Plastics,Belgium

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

SGL Group Starts Precursor Line for Carbon Fiber Production

SGL Group has celebrated the inauguration of the production line for precursor at its FISIPE site in Lavradio, near Lisbon in Portugal. Precursor is a polymer-based fiber which is used as the main raw material for the production of carbon fibers. The production line has been set up by converting and enhancing parts of the existing production facility in Lavradio. 

Investment of 30 Mn for Precursor Production Line:
The build-up has been completed last month following four years of research and development, construction work and qualification procedures. Over this period, in total, 30 million euros have been invested in Lavradio into different elements of the precursor production including the spinning line. As part of the global production network of SGL Group, the precursor from Portugal is being used as of September for the production of our new generation of high-end industrial SIGRAFIL carbon fibers in Moses Lake, Washington State (USA) and Muir of Ord (Scotland). The carbon fibers will then be used in various applications in the automotive, aerospace, as well as in other industries. 

Completion of Value Chain for Carbon Fiber Based Solutions:

“With the new precursor line at our Lavradio site we now have the complete value chain of high-quality carbon fiber materials available in-house to further support our customers in developing and utilizing innovative lightweight solutions” comments Andreas Wüllner, Chairman of the business unit Composites – Fibers & Materials (CFM) at SGL Group.

Development of Lavradio Facility

In addition, the completion of the precursor production line is also a consequent and successful step of further developing the business and set-up of the FISIPE site in Lavradio, Portugal. Having been founded more than 40 years ago, FISIPE has established as a specialist for acrylic fibers. Under the umbrella of SGL Group – which acquired FISIPE in April 2012 – the acrylic fiber business is maintained while the precursor production has been set up. 

“With around 350 employees in Lavradio and a production site of more than 200,000 qm now also including the new state-of-the-art precursor production line, we are proud to contribute to the further build-up of highly innovative composites and thus help to establish more and more fascinating lightweight solutions around the world. I would like to sincerely thank all colleagues involved in this project for their great support and engagement.” says Stefan Seibel, Managing Director at FISIPE in Lavradio.

Precursor Production – Profitable Growth

The precursor production is part of SGL Group’s path forward towards sustainable profitable growth targeting a 50 percent sales increase until 2020 in the fields of composites and graphite materials and systems. In future, the Company will focus on supporting and accelerating developments linked to the megatrends of mobility, energy, and digitalization.

Source: SGL Group

PolyOne Offers Metal-replacing Thermoplastic-based Material for Cosmetic Closures

Metal-replacing Gravi-Tech™ density modified materials from PolyOne give packaging designers and brand owners a means to convey quality and sophistication. Luxury cosmetics closures made using Gravi-Tech formulations give customers the texture and weight of metal, while also providing more design freedom than metals.

Design Freedom for Cosmetic Packaging Designers

Cosmetics brand owners are increasingly seeking new ways to engage consumers by appealing to their senses through luxury packaging.

Consumers are exposed to an ever-increasing number of choices, In order to stand out, brand owners want to interact with buyers earlier in their consideration process, and packaging design can help to foster that connection.

Darcy Meyers, global marketing director of packaging at PolyOne, said:
“A product’s package has the ability to connect with customers in a way that can communicate a brand’s value and quality. Sensory branding is so powerful that it evokes an anticipation of experience, essentially creating an expectation of performance for the consumer. We’re helping brands to design this experience into their cosmetics packaging with distinctive materials and finishes.”

PolyOne’s packaging solutions, including color and material options, work to engage consumers by creating an indulgent brand experience.

Gravi-Tech™ polymer-metal composites are unique, high-density materials developed as thermoplastic-based alternatives to lead and other traditional metals. These materials have been formulated using select metallic fillers and engineering thermoplastic resins to have densities similar to traditional metals, while also providing the design flexibility and processing ease of conventional thermoplastics.

Source: PolyOne Corporation

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

3A Composites’ Thermoplastic Rigid Foam Wins Airbus Qualification

3A Composites has won qualification from Airbus for its AIREX® R82.80 rigid high performance core, which is well-suited for aerospace sandwich applications.
Composites for Aerospace Industry

AIREX® R82.80 receives Airbus prerequisite due to:
Outstanding fire resistance,
Exceeding most stringent flammability and smoke density,
Exceeding heat release and toxic gas emission requirements such as FAR 25’853.

AIREX® R82.80 follows lower density than AIREX® R82.60 in obtaining Airbus qualification.

Eric Gauthier, President of Global Key Accounts at 3A Composites Core Materials said:
“We are excited to continue expanding our relationship with Airbus and delivering solutions to the aerospace industry”. 

Properties of AIREX® R82

Thermoplastic rigid foam 
Exhibits outstanding strength and stiffness to weight ratios
High impact resistance
Excellent dielectric properties
Very low moisture absorption

All of these make AIREX® R82 an exceptional thermoformable core material for use in structural applications that demand lightest weight, highest fire resistance, radar transparency or operation in extremely hot or cold environments. 

This demonstrates 3A Composites continuing focus on providing innovative solutions to sustainably fulfill its evolving customers’ demands. 

Source: 3A Composites Core Materials

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Solvay doubles carbon fiber manufacturing capacity for aircraft structural applications in US

Solvay inaugurates a carbon fiber production line at its U.S. Piedmont Facility, South Carolina, doubling production capacity of a key raw material to make carbon fiber reinforced composite materials and meeting increasing demand for lightweighting composite materials in the aerospace industry.

The new production line has won qualification by The Boeing Company to manufacture secondary structures such as wing movable flaps and engine nacelles, as well as interior applications.

The expansion covers the facilities and equipment to convert acrylonitrile monomers into standard modulus carbon fibers. This type of fiber is used to manufacture composite materials which have been pre-impregnated for use in applications on commercial and military planes.

“Through this strategic capacity expansion we offer our customers greater supply capabilities and contribute to their increased needs for reinforced composite materials to reduce weight and fuelconsumptionandto reduce assembly costs by integrated part design. For Solvay this production expansion results in greater flexibility to strengthen our growth ininnovative composite materials and our leading position in the industry,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.

Carbon fiber composite materials’ durability, strength and fatigue life allow them to increasingly and securely replace metals on aircraft, reducing their weight, noise and CO2 emissions. In addition, composites enable the molding of multiple sub-components into one assembly part, lowering the number of parts required as well as the assembly costs.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jaw-Dropping Statistics About Germs You Need To Know

Germs are everywhere! They are unavoidable, and aren’t all bad. However, excessive germs combined with a compromised immune system can spell C-O-L-D…or worse. From stomach viruses to flesh eating disease, germs are living organisms that can thrive, multiply and mutate, given the right circumstances. Here are 10 jaw-dropping statistics that will put you in the know about germs. Learn how to keep your family healthy, and what you need to do to keep your home as germ free as possible.
Why You Need to Keep Your Hands to Yourself
#1- Around 70% of common illnesses are spread by hands that have touched everyday surfaces.
#2- Every 3 minutes, a child brings his or her hands to their nose or mouth.
Washing one’s hands in warm soapy water, for 20 seconds, seems to be the number one recommendation for avoiding viruses and bacteria. That would be the same amount of time as singing “Happy Birthday” twice. But once the washing is over, you still aren’t finished. You will need to rinse your hands for 10 seconds, then dry THROUGHLY with a clean towel, and then use that towel to turn off the water and open the bathroom door (when in public). When hand washing with soap and water isn’t available, then an alcohol based hand sanitizer should be plan B.
Stomach Bug Facts That Will Make You Sick
#3- Food-borne harmful germs cause 6.5 million cases of gastroenteritis and 9,000 deaths each year.
#4- 50-80% of all food-borne illnesses originate in the home.
To prevent food-borne illness in your home, follow these easy steps.
Buy and Store Food Safely
Use Proper Food Preparation Practices
Store Leftover Food Properly
Know How Long to Store Food Safely
You can learn more about safe food handling here. ( )
You Should Avoid Germs in the Workplace
#5- Telephones harbor up to 25,127 germs per square inch.
#6- Computer keyboards harbor up to 3,295 germs per square inch.
#7- The average toilet seat has 49 germs per square inch.
Take a moment and look at your hands. What have they touched in the last 24 hours? Were all of those surfaces clean? Have you used those same hands to eat, or rub your eyes? Since there are so many germs lurking on the items that we touch, then an obvious solution to the germ war is to clean said surfaces. In these areas of your home, vehicle, and workplace, take time to disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Cleaning those super germy areas with a high-quality antimicrobial cleaner, like MonofoilD ( ), will help to keep you healthy! MonofoilD (•d-32-oz) is the world’s only one-step sustainable product, that kills 99.9% of bacteria… and has an antimicrobial shield. Your kitchen counters, remote controls, and light switches will have never been so clean!
What Do You Do About Colds and Flus?
#8- Some cold and flu germs can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours.
#9- The average school-aged child contracts 4 or more colds per year, resulting in more than 164 million lost school days.
#10- People with the flu can spread it to others up to 6 feet away through coughs and sneezes.
No amount of cleaning will keep everyone in your family 100% germ free. Everyone gets sick from time to time. But when you find yourself sneezing and coughing, be sure to cover your mouth with a tissue…then throw the tissue away and wash your hands! If you don’t have a tissue, then cough or sneeze into your arm. You’ve got to keep those germs from flying through the air. And if you are sick, the BEST thing to do is to stay home, so that you keep from passing your illness to others.
What are some of the things that you do to keep you and your space germ free? We would love to hear about it!