SAO PAULO, June 8, 2021 (PPI Latin America) -Brazilian packaging paper producer Irani is launching its first paper packaging with antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal technology. According to the company, the paper releases a material that deactivates the SARS-CoV-2 virus in up to 5 minutes, as well as other viruses, bacteria and fungi. The innovation, which will be applied to the paper used to produce packaging and corrugated cardboard sheets, will hit the market in June.
Developed in partnership with Nanox Tecnologia, a company specializing in intelligent materials, nanotechnology and antimicrobials, the paper has silver microparticles responsible for oxidizing an outer layer of the virus, thus creating an antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal protection. Irani stated that another great advantage of the technology is its durability, since the antiviral protection is active throughout the life of the paper and packaging, even if it comes into contact with alcohol or other substances.
“Cardboard and packaging are increasingly present in people's lives and in their homes, whether when we order a meal via delivery, when we buy something online or go to the market. Why not offer consumers and our industry a package that is totally safe against viruses, fungi and bacteria, ensuring the care and safety of everyone's health? That’s what we thought and, after a lot of research and tests, we introduced the first antiviral paper to the Brazilian market in an unprecedented way that innovates our sector and provides total security to Brazilians,” stated Irani’s CEO Sergio Ribas.
The paper will use recovered paper as raw material, with production concentrated in the Vargem Bonita unit, Santa Catarina state. To obtain the antiviral product, silver microparticles are inserted in the composition of the paper at the time of its manufacture - which guarantees that the protection is effective during the entire primary cycle of the product. The deactivation process of viruses, fungi and bacteria occurs when it comes into contact with the silver and goes through an oxidation process.