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More details on our sustainability programs can be found in our sustainability report posted on our website.

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We view sustainability as a dynamic process in which we constantly examine where we are. We recently conducted a life-cycle analysis (LCA) of our products. As a result of the LCA, we identified the following items for improvement:

  • Increasing the level of recycled content low-density polyethylene (LDPE) in our products
  • Increasing the content of recycled material in our shipping cartons
  • Improving the chemistry of our products by identifying better performing materials
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To be frank many companies sustainability programs are limited to printing pictures of trees on their packaging and using slogans such as “Save the World”. At Micro-Pak we have spent considerable time and money on studying our environmental impact and then taking action to reduce our footprint. Our third party studies and certifications are a testament to our efforts. We will not solve everything at once, but we are making meaningful, consistent progress.

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Our sustainability efforts clearly have upfront costs but these are recouped through eventual lower energy costs and more efficient manufacturing. Our customers benefit through being ensured of effective, compliant products produced and delivered with a lower environmental impact.

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Micro-Pak has conducted a carbon footprint of emissions from our manufacturing facilities, office operations, and business air travel. The biggest source of emissions is attributed to our manufacturing facilities, and we are therefore focusing reduction efforts there through the installation of solar power. By the end of 2018 we will install solar capacity to generate between 5% and 10% of our manufacturing energy requirements

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The use of Micro-Pak products can help in each of the following areas:

  • Packaging and waste reduction – Micro-Pak products are significantly lighter weight than our competitors’ products, reducing overall packaging and waste volume.
  • Lower emissions from transportation – Due to the significantly lower weight of our products, we help customer reduce both their carbon emissions and fuel used in transportation.
  • Chemistry/RSL compliance – Micro-Pak products comply with the restricted substance regulations and policies of regulators, brands and industry groups.
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Beyond complying with RSL requirements, Micro-Pak’s products have achieved Cradle to Cradle Silver certification. We have also participated in GreenBlue’s Material iQ assessment, utilized the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s HIGG Index, conducted a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of our products, and did a carbon footprint of our operations. We have set goals and are working on improvements based on the results of the assessments and footprints.

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Micro-Pak products comply with the restricted substance policies of major retailers and brands around the globe. Please feel free to send us your RSLs and we will be glad to check these to ensure we are in complete compliance

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In the US Micro-Pak products are registered with the Environmental Protection as well as with all fifty states. In the EU Micro-Pak products are pre-registered under REACH and comply with the most recent list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Micro-Pak® stickers and sheets are in compliance with the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) for treated articles and are in process for full EU product authorization.

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Rigorous third-party analysis has been conducted of the environmental and human health impacts of every chemical that goes into our products. The results of the analysis validate the environmental performance and product safety of our products. You can see the results of the third-party analysis at www.c2ccertified.org and http://www.greenblue.org/work/miq/

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At the present time our key areas of focus include:

  • Benchmarking and improving the environmental performance of our products
  • Increasing transparency and collaboration with key partners
  • Reducing our carbon emissions from operations
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We use the terms sustainable and sustainability to refer to our efforts to minimize our negative impacts and maximize our positive impacts. We are committed to running our business in a way that constantly improves our products and processes, and provides transparency to our stakeholders.

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For polybag packed merchandise always use Micro-Pak® PE Sheets instead of stickers to avoid potential discoloration issues.

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Micro-Pak® Stickers are placed in the box at the time of final packing. When humidity is high the moisture in the air enters the sticker and starts a reaction that creates a Micro-Pak® atmosphere. This Micro-Pak® atmosphere spreads throughout the package to eliminate mold spores.

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Silica gel and other desiccants are designed to absorb moisture and while some of these may be quite effective at this they are not specifically going after mold spores. Micro-Pak® products will both absorb moisture and create and release an atmosphere to eliminate mold spores.

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Micro-Pak® Stickers are easy to use. Simply follow these steps:

 

  1. Open the foil package, remove the roll of Micro-Pak® Stickers and place it in the dispenser box.
  2. At time of final packing tear off one or more pieces of Micro-Pak® Stickers and stick them on the inside of the box base for best results.
  3. The box should be closed immediately after putting the stickers on the box base and not reopened.
  4. Any unfinished rolls of Micro-Pak® Stickers should be placed back in the foil package and closed with tape for use within the next day.

 

Please also see Instructions for Use on our website for further details.

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The number of Micro-Pak® Stickers to be used depends on the size of the box and the humidity level. In most cases one piece of Micro-Pak® Stickers will be sufficient. Please refer to the Instructions for Use on our website and your customer’s instructions for further details.

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For articles with genuine lambswool, rabbit fur or other natural furs you should use Micro-Pak® PE Sheets instead of stickers. Please see Instructions for Use on our website for further details.

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Keeping items free from mold involves a number of steps and to avoid mold problems we recommend that factories take certain measures including the following:

 

  1. All materials must be stored properly and in dry conditions.
  2. Factories should be kept clean.
  3. Wet items or boxes should not be packed.
  4. Avoid storing goods for long periods especially during the rainy season.
  5. Items that have been stored in the factory warehouse should be checked again prior to shipment.
  6. Factory warehouses should be dry with good ventilation.
  7. Attend the Micro-Pak® seminars and workshops on mold prevention.

 

The Micro-Pak technical team can provide further advice on mold prevention procedures.

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If the foil bag is not opened you can store Micro-Pak® Stickers for up to one year from date of production. Once the bag is opened the stickers should be used as quickly as possible. Any unfinished quantities should be placed back in the bag and used ideally within the next day.

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Micro-Pak® Stickers should be stored in dry conditions and out of direct sunlight.

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Micro-Pak® Stickers will reduce or eliminate mold continually for extended periods depending on humidity levels. Third party lab tests show continued activity for more than five months.

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Micro-Pak® Stickers will still work but the effectiveness will be reduced depending on how long you store your products and how high the humidity is.

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When you reopen the box you are letting the Micro-Pak® atmosphere escape and may be letting in more moist air. Since you have compromised the atmosphere it would be best to replace the sticker.

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Micro-Pak® Stickers can only stop the continuous growing of the visible mold but cannot make visible mold on products disappear. For cleaning visibly moldy product you should consider using Sporicidin Cleaning and Disinfecting Solutions.

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Many of these chemical sprays are unsafe for workers, consumers and the environment and may also be in violation of various national and international regulations. Micro-Pak® products are EPA registered in the US, REACH pre-registered in the EU and in process of being registered under the BPR.

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Micro-Pak® Stickers can be ordered from Micro-Pak Ltd. in Hong Kong or via our authorized distributors as per our website.

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Micro-Pak® Stickers comply with the restricted substance policies of major retailers and brands through the world. Micro-Pak® Stickers have also undergone stringent safety testing as part of our registration with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The final use of the Micro-Pak® Stickers is in the hands of the factory and as we cannot control how they are used, the condition of the factory or the condition of the product when packed we cannot guarantee that you will not have a mold problem. In case you do face any mold problems please contact our Technical Services Department for assistance.

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Micro-Pak® PE Sheets are placed in the box or bag at the time of final packing. When humidity is high the moisture in the air enters the sheet and starts a reaction that creates a Micro-Pak® atmosphere. This Micro-Pak® atmosphere spreads throughout the package to eliminate mold spores.

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Silica gel and other desiccants are designed to absorb moisture and while some of these may be quite effective at this they are not specifically going after mold spores. Micro-Pak® products will both absorb moisture and create and release an atmosphere to eliminate mold spores.

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Micro-Pak® PE Sheets are easy to use. Simply follow these steps:

 

  1. Open the foil package, remove the roll of Micro-Pak® PE Sheets and place it in the dispenser box.
  2. At time of final packing tear off one or more pieces of Micro-Pak® PE Sheets and place the sheets inside the polybag or box together with your products.
  3. The polybag or box should be closed immediately after adding the Micro-Pak® PE Sheet.
  4. Any unfinished rolls of Micro-Pak® PE Sheets should be placed back in the foil package and closed with tape for use within the next day.

 

As there are several sizes of Micro-Pak® PE Sheets please also refer to our “Instructions for Use”.

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Since Micro-Pak® PE Sheets come in a variety of sizes, the number of sheets to be used depends on the size of the item being packed, the type of material as well as the climate conditions. Please refer to the Instructions for Use on our website or contact our office for more specific advice based on your item and packing specification.

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Keeping items free from mold involves a number of steps and to avoid mold problems we recommend that factories take certain measures including the following:

 

  1. All materials must be stored properly and in dry conditions.
  2. Factories should be kept clean.
  3. Wet products or boxes should not be packed.
  4. Avoid storing goods for long periods especially during the rainy season.
  5. Products that have been stored in the factory warehouse should be checked again prior to shipment.
  6. Factory warehouses should be dry with good ventilation.
  7. Attend the Micro-Pak® seminars and workshops on mold prevention.

 

The Micro-Pak technical team can provide further advice on mold prevention procedures.

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If the foil bag is not opened you can store Micro-Pak® PE Sheets for up to one year from date of production. Once the bag is opened the sheets should be used as quickly as possible. Any unused quantities should be placed back in the bag and used ideally within the next day.

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Micro-Pak® PE Sheets should be stored in dry conditions and out of direct sunlight.

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Micro-Pak® PE Sheets will reduce or eliminate mold continually for extended periods depending on humidity levels.

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The Micro-Pak® PE Sheets will still work but the effectiveness will be reduced depending on how long you store your products and how high the humidity is.

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When you reopen the box or polybag you are letting the Micro-Pak® atmosphere escape and may be letting in more moist air. Since you have compromised the atmosphere it would be best to replace the sheets.

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Micro-Pak® PE Sheets can only stop the continuous growing of the visible mold but cannot make visible mold on products disappear. For cleaning visibly moldy product you should consider using Sporicidin Cleaning and Disinfecting Solutions.

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Many of these chemical sprays are unsafe for workers, consumers and the environment and may also be in violation of various national and international regulations. Micro-Pak® products are EPA registered in the US, REACH pre-registered in the EU and in process of being registered under the BPR.

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Micro-Pak® PE Sheets can be ordered from Micro-Pak Ltd. in Hong Kong or via our authorized distributors as per our website.

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Micro-Pak® PE Sheets comply with the restricted substance policies of major retailers and brands throughout the world. Micro-Pak® PE Sheets have also undergone stringent safety testing as part of our registration with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The final use of the Micro-Pak® PE Sheets is in the hands of the factory and as we cannot control how they are used, the condition of the factory or the condition of the product when packed, we cannot guarantee that you will not have a mold problem. In case you do face any mold problems please contact our Technical Services Department for assistance.

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Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ is a 100% natural, effective and economical desiccant that removes moisture from inside packages, protecting products from all forms of moisture damage. Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ remains dry at all times, even at full water vapor capacity, and does not pose any risk of leakage or corrosion unlike other types of desiccants.

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Moisture can quickly destroy many types of products during storage and shipping by causing mold, mildew, rust, corrosion, and device malfunction in electronic products. When goods are shipped they are susceptible to damage from excessive moisture caused by widely fluctuating temperature and humidity levels. Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ adsorb moisture from the air inside packages to prevent moisture damage, and are critical to maintaining product quality and shelf life.
Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ can be used on a wide range of products including but not limited to textiles, leather goods, electronics, metal components, foods, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.

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Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ is 100% natural, made from calcium-rich bentonite clay, a naturally occurring and highly adsorbent mineral. Manufactured by a leading Swiss chemical company, Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ meets rigorous specifications including military specification Mil-D-3464E (Mil Spec).

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No. Micro-Pak® Stickers and Sheets are anti-microbial and function specifically to eliminate mold growth. If you primarily have problems with mold we recommend using Micro-Pak® Stickers and Sheets. Mold growth occurs not only because of excessive moisture so it is best to use an anti-microbial to protect your products from mold.

Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ is a moisture control product that is designed specifically to eliminate problems caused by moisture. If your problems are moisture related we recommend using Micro-Pak Dri Clay™, either on its own or together with Micro-Pak® Stickers and Sheets.

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Yes. In doing so your products will have the combined benefit of both anti-mold and anti-moisture protection.

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Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ has the following advantages over silica gel desiccants:

a. Environmentally Friendly – Clay is naturally occurring with a low energy, low water and zero chemical production process. Conversely, silica gel is a synthetic material and its production is highly energy intensive, requiring chemical feedstocks and significant fresh water while also producing process pollutions, effluents and discharges.

b. Superior Performance and Easier to Handle – Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ offers higher adsorption capacity in the most common and relevant packaging conditions. At high humidity Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ adsorbs moisture more slowly than silica gel making it easier for factory workers to handle and reducing the risk of the desiccant reaching saturation before it is even packed with the product

c. Regulatory Compliant – DMF (a substance banned in Europe) and cobalt chloride (a possible carcinogen) have been detected in silica gel. Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ is DMF Free and compliant with REACH and other international regulations.

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Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ has the following advantages over calcium chloride desiccants:

a. No Leakage – Using calcium chloride inside the packaging is risky because when it absorbs moisture it turns into a liquid solution which can leak and damage the products. Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ remains dry at all times even at full water vapor capacity and therefore will not leak.

b. No Corrosion (Safe to use with metal parts) – Calcium chloride is highly corrosive and can cause corrosion to metal parts on contact. Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ is not corrosive and is safe to use with metal parts.

c. Calcium Chloride is Not Designed to be Used Inside Packaging – Calcium chloride absorbs moisture fastest in very high extreme humidity conditions like those found inside shipping containers, and is an ideal ingredient for container desiccants. Inside packages however the humidity levels are lower and calcium chloride absorbs moisture much more slowly at these low humidity levels. Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ adsorbs moisture consistently well through a wide range of humidity levels and inside packages it will remove moisture significantly faster than calcium chloride.

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In the adsorption process the liquid particles bind to the surface of the clay and are removed without causing any change to the size, shape or texture of the clay. This process is different from absorption where the liquid particles would diffuse into the desiccant to form a liquid solution.

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Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ comes in five bag sizes – 2 grams, 6 grams, 17 grams, 33 grams and 66 grams.
The amount of Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ to be used depends on the volume of the packaging and the sensitivity of the product to moisture damage. Please contact Micro-Pak for further information.

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Considering the complexity of international shipping routes it is always rainy season somewhere. Our usage recommendations are therefore standard throughout the year.

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Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ can absorb up to 30 – 40% of its own weight in moisture and will continue absorbing until it has reached full water vapor capacity.

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No. The unique adsorption properties of bentonite clay mean that Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ remains dry at all times with no change in size, shape or texture even at full water vapor capacity, and does not pose any risk of leakage or corrosion. The bags use DL1 paper which like DuPont Tyvek® is extremely durable and only allows water vapor to enter while preventing liquid from escaping.

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Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ can be kept for up to one year from the date of production if stored un-opened in its original packaging. Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ should be stored in dry conditions, out of sunlight and away from heat sources. Only remove the necessary quantity of desiccant at the time of final packaging. Store any unused desiccants inside the original polybag packaging, seal it tight (we recommend using a hot seal to re-seal the polybag), and use up the desiccants as soon as possible.

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Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ are designed for one-time use.

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Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ is made of 100% natural, safe and non-toxic materials, and can be disposed with regular waste. Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ is fully compliant with REACH, DMF free, RoHS and a wide range of international regulations.

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Micro-Pak Dri Clay™ can be ordered from Micro-Pak Ltd., in Hong Kong.
Please contact Desiccants@micropakltd.com for further information and pricing.

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As we cannot control every condition of the supply chain or the condition of the product when packed, we cannot guarantee you that you will not have a mold or moisture problem. In case you do face any mold or moisture problems please contact our Technical Services Department and we will assist you in finding and eliminating any shortcomings in the supply chain which may cause mold or moisture problems.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants are specially formulated desiccant strips for use in shipping containers.

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When goods are shipped they are susceptible to damage from excessive moisture caused by widely fluctuating temperature and humidity levels. Micro-Pak container desiccants reduce moisture levels inside containers to help eliminate mold growth, rust, corrosion and other forms of moisture damage.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants absorb moisture from the air, eliminating container rain. Micro-Pak container desiccants can protect shipments from start to finish, through all temperature ranges and relative humidity variances.

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Yes. Micro-Pak container desiccants are an additional tool to maintain product integrity during transport and are designed as a supplement to Micro-Pak® Stickers and Sheets, not replacements. Micro-Pak® Stickers and Sheets are anti-microbial and protect your products from within the packaging, whereas Micro-Pak container desiccants are anti-moisture and protect your products from outside the packaging. Humidity levels inside packages can vary significantly from humidity levels outside of packages.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants are made of a high purity deliquescent salt combined with a scientifically modified starch. This advanced formula maximizes absorptive capacity and traps moisture as a thick, no-spill gel.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants can absorb up to twice the amount of moisture of competing products, so you can reduce the quantity of typically required desiccant by 25% or more. Not only do you save money by using less, but our prices are also the most competitive on the market meaning substantial cost savings over alternative products.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants can absorb up to 300% of its own weight at 95% relative humidity and 40°C.

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The amount of Micro-Pak container desiccants to be used will depend on the cargo, packing, shipping route and other factors. For a 40 foot container our standard usage recommendation would be 6 strips of Micro-Pak container desiccants. Please contact Micro-Pak for further information.

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Considering the complexity of international shipping routes it is always rainy season somewhere. Our usage recommendations are therefore standard throughout the year.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants last up to 90 days at 80% relative humidity and 25°C.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants come in strips comprising 4 x 125 gram desiccant bags, a hook for easy installation, and a patented hard outer sleeve designed to protect the desiccant strips. Hang the strips vertically from the top most portion of the container walls with the sleeve holes facing outwards, placing them an even distance apart on the side walls, front wall, and rear wall.

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Each strip is 840×170 mm, and can fit easily into container grooves. The hook design ensures the strips are secure throughout the shipment.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants are highly durable, constructed with a Tyvek front that is water vapor permeable and a white plastic film back that is non-porous and will not leak, and protected by a patented hard outer sleeve.

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No. The high purity deliquescent salt and scientifically modified starch aggressively trap and bind moisture as a thick, no-spill gel. The packaging is leak-proof and the desiccant will not come into contact with the cargo.

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Micro-Pak desiccants are manufactured by Clariant, one of the world’s largest specialty chemical companies. Headquartered in Muttenz, Switzerland and with an infrastructure spanning 150 countries, Clariant is the world’s leader in the desiccant field.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants can be kept for up to one year from the date of production if stored in its original packaging.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants should be stored in dry conditions, out of direct sunlight, and away from any heat sources. Only remove the necessary quantity of desiccant from its packaging during the stuffing of the container. All unused desiccant should be kept inside the polybag packaging and sealed tight.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants are made of safe, non-toxic materials, and can be disposed with regular waste. Micro-Pak container desiccants are fully compliant with REACH and a wide range of international regulations.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants are EcoTain® certified. Moreover as less desiccant is needed with Micro-Pak container desiccants as compared to other products on the market there is a significant lessening of environmental impact.

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Micro-Pak container desiccants can be ordered from Micro-Pak Ltd., in Hong Kong. Please contact desiccants@micropakltd.com for further information and pricing.

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As we cannot control every condition of the supply chain or the condition of the product when packed, we cannot guarantee you that you will not have a mold or moisture problem. In case you do face any mold or moisture problems please contact our Technical Services Department and we will assist you in finding and eliminating any shortcomings in the supply chain which may cause mold or moisture problems.

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Sporicidin® Enzymatic Cleaner is a concentrated cleaner for removing mold and other organic contamination from surfaces. Sporicidin® Disinfectant solution is a sterilizing solution for cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing surfaces.

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Bleach is corrosive, highly toxic, and has strong smell and no residual anti-microbial effect. Sporicidin® Enzymatic Cleaner and Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution are not only effective against mold and mildew but gentle on most materials and very safe for workers to use.

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Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution should be re-applied at least once every three months.

If light mold returns on surfaces before three months, Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution can be used directly on the light re-growth without the need to pre-clean the surface with Sporicidin® Enzymatic Cleaner. If moderate to heavy mold returns on surfaces, pre-clean the moldy surfaces with Sporicidin® Enzymatic Cleaner. Once the surfaces are dry, apply Sporicidin® Disinfectant.

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Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution can clean and disinfect most types of surfaces and materials; however, it is very important to check for potential discoloration or material damage before proceeding to mass application.

 

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Sporicidin® Enzymatic Cleaner, Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution and the Towelettes and the Sporicidin® Antimicrobial Lotion Soap can be stored for at least two years from time of delivery.

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Sporicidin® products should be stored in dry conditions and out of direct sunlight.

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Sporicidin® products have very low toxicity, however, it is always recommended for workers to wear protective gear such as gloves and eye protection as a standard procedure when handling any chemical solutions.

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