Mold is everywhere. In fact there are well over 100,000 different species of mold. Some species of mold can be harmful to people and of course nobody wants their products to arrive at retail covered in white, yellow and green spores. Mold has specific requirements for growth and different materials will be more susceptible for mold growth than others. The understanding of what mold is and how it grows is the first step towards prevention.
WHAT IS MOLD AND HOW DOES IT GROW?
REQUIREMENTS FOR MOLD GROWTH
Food. Molds do not have the ability to create their own food and instead produce enzymes that digest organic matter. The food source for mold can therefore be natural fibers, leather, paper or even ordinary dust.
Temperature. Molds cannot control their own temperature so they must rely on the temperature of the environment. The ambient temperature will control the rate of biochemical reactions controlling growth and each species of mold has a minimum, maximum and optimum temperature for growth. Although various molds can grow within a wide range of temperatures (from 0°C to 50°C), most common molds will grow at room temperature. For our purposes the ideal range for mold growth would be from 20°C and up.
WHY ARE SHOES, GARMENTS, BAGS AND OTHER ITEMS SO SUSCEPTIBLE TO MOLD?
What is the Micro-pak process?
The Micro-Pak process for mold prevention is based on the education and training of material suppliers, manufacturers and logistic partners. The Micro-Pak technical team takes a holistic approach looking at everything from incoming materials, production at main facilities as well as outside workshops, warehousing and shipping in order to assist all participants in eliminating mold. The training modules include education, factory analysis, corrective action planning and the proper use of Micro-Pak products.
CORRECTIVE ACTION PLANNING
USE OF MICRO-PAK PRODUCTS
Benefits of using Micro-pak
Micro-Pak products and services include a wide range of benefits covering efficacy, regulatory compliance, safety, technical support and sustainability. Micro-Pak has an international organization with offices and distributors located in major manufacturing and retail markets around the globe enabling us to keep up to date with local issues as well provide our customers with immediate service and assistance. Micro-Pak offers an end-to-end mold prevention process in a sustainable and compliant manner.
Micro-Pak products are simple to use and are compliant with relevant regulations in major markets around the globe
For shipments to the EU all desiccants are subject to regulatory compliance under REACH including registration as well as compliance with the ever-growing list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Failure to complete the REACH registration process can result in fines and other penalties imposed on the importer and retailer. Micro-Pak products are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US and are pre-registered under REACH in the EU.
There is a significant environmental impact with the manufacturing and shipping of many desiccants including a surprisingly large degree of water usage. Due to the unique nature of the Micro-Pak chemistry no water is used in the manufacturing of Micro-Pak products.