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Brief Published: 17 Aug 2020

Antibacterial Packaging Solution


In an effort to protect people from potentially harmful bacteria, UK-based packaging supplier Parkside and surface protection provider Touchguard have developed an antibacterial packaging solution.

Touchguard’s new surface coating technology inhibits bacterial growth, virtually eliminating the risk of person-to-person transfer of germs on packaging substrates. Using a silver-based technology, the coating can be applied as a water or solvent-based finish on various packaging formats including pouches, lidding films and flow wrapping.

Parkside is applying the Touchguard technology during the print finishing process as a component of a specially formulated solvent-based lacquer. The inexpensive technique would enable brands to maintain low costs by only adding pennies per square metre to the packaging production process.

Touchguard is proven to reduce the growth of MRSA by 99.97% and E. coli by 99.96%, making it an ideal solution for food packaging. 

Parkside product development technical manager Mark Shaw said: “This development in no way replaces the need for careful handwashing. However, it is an innovative solution which can inhibit the spread of cross-contamination on packaging substrates that are not usually subject to any cleaning or infection control procedures.”

Our report New Rules for Post-Covid Packaging highlights several antimicrobial solutions. It also explores the viability of ‘packaging free’, and concepts that reconcile hygiene with sustainability to tackle the pandemic-driven rise of disposable packaging waste. See Packaging Futures 20/21 for further industry insights.

For more resilient materials with antibacterial and antiviral properties for fashion, interior and architectural applications, see Healthy Materials for Post-Pandemic Living. Check out more pandemic-proof design solutions in Post-Covid Products: Hygiene & Social Distancing.