On a daily basis you touch an average of 10 everyday objects that contain more bacteria and germs than are found in a bathroom – keyboards, coins, banknotes, channel changers and even your mobile phone. One of these objects is the shopping cart or shopping basket used daily at the supermarket.
The intensive use of shopping carts in stores and supermarkets means that they go from one hand to another,becoming a focus for bacteria and viruses for millions of shoppers all over the world. E.coli bacteria is the type most frequently found on shopping cart and basket handles, a fact that stores are well aware of. Many, apart from regularly cleaning shopping carts, have come up with various solutions, such as bactericidal-fungicidal wipes and cleaning products to clean handles before starting shopping and thus prevent bacteria and dirt spreading between users.
This problem has now been solved by an innovative treatment that Araven uses for the handles of its Loop 100 and Loop 160 L compact shopping carts and which guarantees the total (99.99%) elimination of bacteria, yeasts and moulds. This means that micro-organisms harmful to health are not transferred from one user to another. The treatment is included as a standard feature for all LOOP 100 and 160 L shopping carts marketed by Araven.
The treatment consists of incorporating a zinc pyrithione-based (ZPT) additive in the plastic of the handle, which acts on the cell wall or cell membrane of micro-organisms, preventing their growth or the synthesis of the proteins they need to thrive. Furthermore, the organisms do not develop immunity and the product does not affect the properties of the plastic.