Triclosan-free, antimicrobial, recyclable shopping bags

Jan. 10, 2011

I have to admit I still use plastic grocery bags, rather than reuseable grocery bags. Why? Have you ever taken a look at the disgusting bags people carry?

I have to admit I still use plastic grocery bags, rather than reuseable grocery bags. Why? Have you ever taken a look at the disgusting bags people carry?

A recent joint research study from the University of Arizona (UA) and Loma Linda University in California randomly tested reusable grocery bags carried by shoppers in Tucson, Ariz., Los Angeles and San Francisco.  The study found that reusable grocery bags could be a breeding ground for dangerous food-borne bacteria. Charles Gerba, a UA professor of soil, water and environmental science and co-author of the study said, "our findings suggest a serious threat to public health, especially from coliform bacteria including E. coli, which were detected in half of the bags sampled."

"Packing meat and vegetables in these bags repeatedly is like eating from the same unwashed plate for weeks, months or even years," says Bret Schnitker, president of St. Louis-based Stars Design Group. He has the ideal solution and his company is the exclusive U.S. supplier of Green Diamond Bags, reusable, sustainable shopping bags treated with AP-360, an all-natural, hypoallergenic, lead-free and Triclosan-free solution. Evironmentally-friendly and family-friendly, these bags naturally inhibit the growth of dangerous odor-causing bacteria mold, mildew and fungus on a treated article.

AP-360 is produced from chitin, a natural resource derived from discarded crabs and shellfish.  The chitin is converted into a hypoallergenic active ingredient that contains antimicrobial properties, and is naturally non-allergenic, especially for consumers sensitive to shellfish. Studies from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded, "no adverse ecological effects have thus far been attributed to its presence." And the bag can be washed more than 30 times before losing its antimicrobial capabilities.

Green Diamond Bags make sense to me. Hopefully, they will catch on. It will be good for consumers and the industry.

www.starsdesigngroup.com, Fabric Tech

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