Posts by JWK


Sustainability and the IAC


Posted on Dec 8, 2013

If we think of sustainability as a journey, then how are you making progress towards an environmentally and socially responsible destination?  In other words, what is your firm doing currently to advance eco initiatives and what is planned to meet sustainability goals in the future?  In the next paragraph you’ll find the IAC response to the above question. The position of the International Antimicrobial Council is based on the premise...

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Consumer Products Treated with Antimicrobials US Environmental Protection Agency Position Background The presence of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) in or on various items has become of increased concern to consumers. In response to these concerns, many products (e.g., cutting boards, kitchen sponges, towels, cat litter, toothbrushes, and juvenile toys) are being treated with antimicrobial pesticides. Antimicrobial...

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Automobiles and Antimicrobials


Posted on Nov 29, 2013

  Automobiles and Antimicrobials Whether the active lifestyle is of your making or the making of your children, most people today are faced with a life of running from point to point. For many, the automobile is a mobile locker room where kids change from their dance shoes to soccer cleats. Carpets get muddy, seats get wet, shoulder straps get sweaty. It’s not the major floods, but it’s the build up of minor insults over time that can...

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Dust Mites and Antimicrobials


Posted on Nov 29, 2013

  Dust Mites and Antimicrobials There are many substances in household dust which can cause allergies in humans, including animal dander, insect parts (especially from cockroaches), mold spores and pollen. The most common allergenic components of house dust, however, are from house dust mites. House dust mites are tiny creatures related to ticks, chiggers, and spiders that live in close association with humans. Their primary food is...

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Antimicrobials and Water Conservation


Posted on Nov 29, 2013

Taking Water Conservation to the Next Level in Textiles For the last ten years textile mills have been focusing on conserving water during the production of textiles. Much of this concern has been promulgated by apparel retailers and apparel brands requesting that the mills produce their goods in a more sustainable manner. The International Antimicrobial Council applauds the work that has been done in this area and the leadership...

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Come join us for an overview of the USEPA Treated Articles Exemption as listed within FIFRA. FIFRA is the law regulating antimicrobials and their use in the United States. FIFRA also governs products treated with antimicrobials in foreign countries and then imported into the USA.

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Why USEPA’s Approach Makes Sense


Posted on Nov 29, 2013

Why the USEPA’s Approach to Antimicrobial Claims Makes Sense  The USEPA is often seen as being at odds with American business interests. We hear the construction industry voice its concerns about how the EPA focuses on the protection of some isolated endangered species while curtailing developments that create jobs. We also hear from the industrial giants about how restrictive the USEPA regulations on automobiles, factories and...

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High Efficiency Washers need High Efficiency Towels Jillee at onegoodthingbyjillee.com recently wrote “I’ve noticed that ‘smelly towels’ is a subject that is pinned a lot on Pinterest, and lately I’ve been receiving emails asking about this as well. This leads me to believe it’s a pretty big problem. So, I thought it was high time I addressed it. For heaven’s sake…we can’t have people suffering needlessly from “Smelly Towel...

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