Covid – Plastic to the Rescue
The entire public bus system in the city of Guarulhos, Brazil -858 vehicles in total with 400,000 regular users – will soon be protected against viruses, fungi, and bacteria with d2p anti-microbial film covering the internal surfaces
The film is being supplied by a Brazilian company Extrusa Pack who said: “We wanted to contribute in some way to tackling the pandemic, and as we already manufacture garbage bags with this important antimicrobial technology, we only needed to adjust the factory equipment to produce the protective plastic film.”
Guarulhos has become the first city in the world to use anti-microbial plastic film in its public transport system. The technology can also be used to protect water pipes and tanks, and all plastic surfaces in hospitals, restaurants, schools, airports and any other public spaces, as well as private homes. d2p antimicrobial masterbatch (www.d2p.net ) has been tested by Unicamp University in Brazil to be 99.9% effective within one hour of contact with the microbes.
Guarulhos is the second largest municipality in the State of São Paulo and 13th in Brazil in terms of population, with 1,379,182 inhabitants.
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One of Brazil’s supermarket chains, Cotripal, started in September 2020 to use plastic shopping bags made with d2p antimicrobial technology to protect its customers from infection, and also with d2w biodegradable technology (www.d2w.net) in case any of the bags should escape into the open environment, where they will biodegrade much more quickly.
Six months later, Cotripal made a customer survey, which showed that the new bags have had an excellent acceptance by their customers. They perceived greater care by the supermarket for the safety and health of everyone and for the environment. Cotripal said that this perception goes beyond customers, and includes supermarket employees and all those who come into contact with the bags.
Cotripal also said that it is pleased with its investment in the bags, as they not only protect employees, customers and everyone involved in using them, but the company can demonstrate to the whole community not only its concern, but also its effective action, in the fight against coronavirus and plastic pollution – thereby reinforcing the value of its brand.
Michael Stephen is a lawyer and was a member of the United Kingdom Parliament, where he served on the Environment Select Committee. When he left Parliament Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc. attracted his attention because of his interest in the environment. He is now Deputy Chairman of Symphony, which is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, and is the founder and Chairman of the Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association.
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- 7/ 1/ 20 – Recycling, Lab Testing, Bangladesh and the Right Bioplastic
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- 01/04/20 – The Come Back of Plastic Bags, Compostable Plastic Not Wanted and EASAC
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Interview with Michael Stephen
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