SmartPlastic Founder Tim Murtaugh Interviewed by Bloomberg Radio

SmartPlastic founder Tim Murtaugh was recently interviewed on a “Bloomberg Market Minute” segment concerning the dilemma with plastic straws. SmartPlastic has recently introduced a fully biodegradable plastic straw in response to growing environmental concern and the banning of plastic straws in several cities. Listen to the Bloomberg interview to better understand how SmartPlastic’s new technology fits into the equation.

SmartPlastic will introduce fully biodegradable plastic straws at Pack Expo 2018

SmartPlastic will once again exhibit their technologies at Pack Expo 2018 in Chicago’s McCormick Place on October 14-17. In addition to information about their full portfolio of sophisticated technologies, SmartPlastic will introduce the fully biodegradable plastic straw developed in partnership with Best Diamond Straws. The company will also announce a breakthrough oxygen scavenger technology. Designed to provide the benefits of a scavenger directly into plastic film, this technology is FDA approved for food packaging.

“Smart Plastic Technologies is proud of its position as one of the nation’s leading innovators of sophisticated technologies which improve the usefulness of plastics. Our new oxygen scavenger is designed to allow the removal of traditional devices and preservatives while extending the shelf life of food.” said Tim Murtaugh, CEO of SPT.

Smart Plastic Technologies, LLC, is a specialist in the development, production and marketing of unique additives for use in polymers which provide biodegradation, antimicrobial, antifungal, production tracing, film thickness reduction and an oxygen scavenger designed to extend the shelf life of food products.

 

Smart Plastic Announces New Oxygen Scavenger Additive

Smart Plastic Technologies, LLC, is a specialist in the development, production and marketing of unique additives for use in polymers which provide biodegradation, antimicrobial, antifungal, production tracing and film thickness reduction properties in finished products.

The Company is pleased to announce the release of an Oxygen Scavenger Additive. Developed by SPT with extensive independent testing, this FDA approved technology has now been released to the market. It is an innovative fresh food oxygen scavenging prolonger that extends the shelf life of fruit, meats, dairy and bakery products. Introduced into packaging film at a 1-3% inclusion it is economical and efficient. Its presence in film now allows the removal of all typical oxygen scavenger devices in packaging.

“Smart Plastic Technologies is very pleased to provide this sophisticated technology to the food packaging industry. It represents another innovative SPT technology developed in response to market need. The industry has embraced it with great enthusiasm.” said Tim Murtaugh, CEO of SPT.

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Airport Security Trays Carry More Cold Germs Than Toilets, Study Finds

Airport security is there to protect you, but it may also give you the sniffles — or worse.

To all the places and surfaces we’ve been warned are teeming with germs or bacteria — your pets, the subway seat, airplane cabins, the A.T.M. — add the airport security tray.

The plastic trays — used at airport checkpoints around the globe and touched by millions of passengers as they drop shoes, laptops, luggage and other items into them to clear X-ray scanners — have been found to harbor a variety of germs, including the ones responsible for the common cold, according to researchers in Europe.

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Scientists from the University of Nottingham in England and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare swabbed frequently touched surfaces at Helsinki Airport in Finland during and after peak hours in the winter of 2016 and picked up traces of rhinovirus, the source of the common cold, and of the influenza A virus.

They found traces on half the luggage trays, more than on any of the other surfaces they tested. None of these viruses were found on toilet surfaces at the airport, they said.

The findings, published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases, could help improve public health strategies in the fight against the spread of infectious diseases worldwide.

The study could also help educate people on how the infections we try to avoid each winter spread, Jonathan Van-Tam, a professor of health protection at the University of Nottingham, said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

Scientists say that a common technique for applying hand sanitizer, one recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is inferior to an alternative method with twice as many steps.

Many of the surfaces we touch on a daily basis harbor and can spread germs. These include mobile phones, kitchen sponges and even cute bathtub rubber ducks. But air travel is known to accelerate the worldwide spread of diseases such as the flu, released naturally, and potentially of others released intentionally.

By Palko Karasz