Technical Briefing with Dr. Barry Ruck May 16, 2012


PAK-IT® Tech brief

Q: Can a skid of paks be flown in a plane to Australia?

A: Yes, from a regulatory and structural perspective. The paks are not considered hazardous materials so there isn't an issue with flammability and the containers are pressurized.

Q: What is the sustainability difference between Green Seal and Designed from the Environment (DfE)?

A: Green Seal is the most widely excepted as it has environmental and performance expectations. There is a fee structure and annual cost to having Green Seal. DfE is the US government (EPA) certification and most agencies do not accept it.

Q: What does the Neutralizer and Conditioner do?

A: Most floor cleaners are alkaline cleaners with a high pH which disturbs stone, terrazzo, etc. floor shine. The Neutralizer and Conditioner protects the surface and neutralizes the shine.

Q: What is the shelf life of paks? Is there an official maximum of time?

A: There is not a government regulation or regulatory statute but a two year shelf life is an industry accepted rule of thumb.

Q: What are the standards for biodegradable products?

A: There are two things to consider           

  1. How fast is the product degraded by the environment? Most standards give 30 days for the bacteria in the environment to degrade the product.

  2. What does it biodegrade to? Is the biodegraded material non-hazardous or more toxic after?

Q: Are paks biodegradable?

A: At present, not all of the paks degrade fast enough to meet the 30 day requirement. However, many are biodegradable. It is currently a priority to get all the products certified under Green Seal and once that certification is complete, all paks will be biodegradable and have improved performance.

Q: Can you please elaborate on the improving performance goal with Green Seal certification?

A: The products will do what they claim to do, only better. We are reviewing each pak and focusing attention to product specifics.

Q: Can PAK-IT formulas be compared to bulk products in performance?

A: Yes, it is just a matter of concentration.

Q: Are PAK-IT solutions organic?

A: There is no official definition for organic. From an environmental activist perspective, everything in the product must come from nature. Under this circumstance, pak film and the detergents used are made from synthetic materials so are not considered organic. We are "green" in our source reduction and that we are environmentally preferable. We reduce thousands of bottles from going to the landfill each year.

Q: Are there precautions customers should be aware of when tubs are not air tight? Are there specific moisture levels for when the water soluble packaging will dissolve?

A: There must be a significant level of moisture for a pak to dissolve as they are not as delicate as one may assume. Sweaty hands do not have enough moisture but under certain circumstances, high levels of moisture such as a commercial laundry room can cause paks to stick together. While the preferable temperature range is 55-75˚ F, paks can endure a wider range of temperature fluctuation.

Q: A few of my paks took longer than two minutes to dissolve and the film clogged the sprayer, can we prevent this?

A: The paks may have been old as with age, there are some changes that will take place over time. Occasionally there may be an issue with the film itself.

Q: Aside from the physical properties, what is the difference between liquid and powder chemicals?

A: Powder concentrates have more fillers than liquid. The ingredients in a powder are not 100% active like the ingredients in PAK-IT.

Q: What is the difference between a disinfectant and a sanitizer?

A: A disinfectant must kill 100% of the test organisms. A sanitizer must kill 98% of the test organisms. Both have to be registered with the EPA. Our PAK-IT neutral disinfectant is considered a hospital grade disinfectant. One can assume that even if it doesn't have every virus claim on the label like Nova virus, that it passes the general viricidal claim and will kill such viruses.

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