Are home fungicides toxic?

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Are home fungicides toxic?

Fungicides are a mixture of chemicals with the main purpose to kill fungi and mold found on surfaces. As they contain toxic components, most are harmful to humans, plants, animals and even the environment. Among the most common fungicides you can find agricultural sprays, which are sprayed in trees, crops and plants. Wind or rain can carry these chemicals, potentially contaminating drinking, irrigation and ground water sources. On the other hand, the most common domestic use of fungicides is in kitchens and bathrooms, where they have direct contact with human skin.

The main concern of this is that many of them contain corrosive chemicals such as chlorine, paradichlorobenzene (a chemical that has been shown to damage the nervous and respiratory systems) or phenol (a compound known to be highly carcinogenic). Their handling and use must be done with extreme caution to prevent side effects such as chronic skin diseases, contact dermatitis, visual disturbances, pulmonary oedema, aggravation of asthma, physiological damage, dizziness, diarrhoea or convulsions.

That’s why it’s so important to choose wisely and find a permanent way to eliminate this problem at its root, that at the same time is ecofriendly, safe for you, your family, your pets and the environment. Imagine smart solutions, all kinds of materials with biotechnology, that are cleaning themselves constantly, eliminating viruses, bacteria, fungal spores/mold, dust mites, termites and more. @Copptech solutions are like this, we go the extra mile #makingthebestevenbetter

Mold, one of the causes of the world’s food waste!

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Mold, one of the causes of the world's food waste!

Fruit is an essential and very complete food, indispensable in a balanced diet. But a very prevalent and harmful problem in fruits is the growth of fungi and molds, in their growth, harvesting, transport and distribution.

These fungi or mold, not only accelerate spoilage, but can also generate mycotoxins in fruits, causing allergies, asthma and infections in humans.

In a study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology (2005), 251 samples of fresh fruit, including several varieties of grapes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and citrus fruits, were analysed. These were disinfected, incubated at room temperature for up to 14 days without supplementary media, and then examined for mold growth. The results were alarming: fungal contamination levels ranged from 9 to 80%. For example, 35% of the grape samples tested were contaminated and supported fungal growth; while 83% of the citrus samples showed fungal growth at levels ranging from 25% to 100% of the fruit tested.

This pathogen growth affects directly the fuit’s shelf life, producing large losses and contributing to food waste that has reached exorbitant levels, with an estimated 30-40% of food waste in the total of food available worldwide.

It is because of these worrying facts, that providing a permanent solution to prevent mold and fungal growth in fruit is so important to us. After constant innovation and development, a safe and effective formula to prevent excessive mold growth on fruit has been found.It’s time for biotechnology to join the automation of food packaging and transport. Let’s save millions of tons of wasted food, throughout the food production chain, with a proven solution that increases significally the food’s shelf life. To learn more about this solution for the food industry, check out our Packaging section on our website.
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Tournas V.H., Katsoudas E. (2005). Mould and yeast flora in fresh berries, grapes and citrus fruits. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 105 (1), pp. 11-17.

Construction in coastal areas – A permanent challenge

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Beach areas usually have rustic and scenic constructions, that give those territories a special character, a differentiative attribute that promotes tourism and a relaxed environment. However, these constructions suffer from environmental agents that cause deterioration, needing high cost year-round maintenance and care. Now, we are aware that advanced construction materials have an increased life cycle and by using them as building materials can help us prevent many heartaches.

The challenges of building in coastal areas are mainly two: Humidity that cause corrosion and proliferation of fungi and mold; and deterioration caused by Termites, a prevalent plague in wooden constructions, comments Martín Grez Walker, architect that for more than 15 years, has specialized in near shore construction.

Coastal humidity expands wood, promoting the proliferation of microbes such as fungi and mold. When the wood dries up, “fungi and mold stays traped inside the wood, stimulating its re-flourishing with each humidity episode”, describes Grez. Fungi and mold are a serious problem in construction. It not only make materials stain, affecting their look and feel and giving an overall dirty appearance. It also deteriorates materials, affecting their duration and affects human health though spore inhalation.

Regarding termites, these are seen in all climates, especially in warm and humid ones, making coastal areas a big prevalence focus. The damage that termites can produce to construction structures is huge. These enter the house from the floors, going inside foundations and pillars, affecting the core of the building by feeding from cellulose and bacteria that lives there. Termites can go unnoticed, laying larvae in foundations, only to become apparent when it’s already too late. This is seen in house remodeling “when we lift the floor we can see them in the beams, foundations, everywhere” adds Martín.

Products available in the market today to control fungi, mold and termites are highly toxic chemical agents, that can stain and impregnate wood with chemicals to prevent microbial propagation. But as they have serious negative consequences to our health, one may wonder, is the solution better than the problem?

Antimicrobial technologies can solve these two problems in an effective, safe and permanent way: An OSB wooden panel protected with Copptech Technology. In the first place, being antimicrobial means it will not allow microbes like mold, fungi and termites grow in the material, creating a hostile environment where they can’t survive. Being a chemical-free solution, it will not affect negatively construction workers or final users. It also allows materials to last longer, not suffering from damage produced by termites, fungi and mold. Copptech technology works permanently and continuously. As it is part of the material itself, it doesn’t require constant re-applications or maintenance.

There is no question that high quality building materials, that last longer and provide safe and effective solutions to construction issues in coastal areas are a growing trend, where people are looking for protection from microbes, because they directly affect their wellbeing.

Alongside Copptech protected OSB panels, you can find other antimicrovial construction materials like concrete, grout, melamine, pvc tubes, among others. Visit https://www.copptech.com/industry/ for more information.