Cleaning Industry Shifts Focus as Mould & Fungi Prevalence Increases
Health & Biotech
Health & Biotech
As the industry shifts, Skin Elements’ plant-based disinfectant SuprCuvr looks like it may fit the gap.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire world became aware of the need to ensure we all followed some pretty strict rules around sanitation and hygiene, through the use of harsh hand sanitisers and the incessant need to keep surfaces clean to stop the spread of the virus.
But one thing that many people failed to realise is that those lessons around keeping a virus at bay are lessons that we should have learned years ago – because it’s not just viruses that can have terrible effects on our physical health in unsanitary conditions.
While many other pathogens have fallen to the wayside, mould and fungi are becoming more and more prevalent.
In fact, fungal pathogens are estimated to be responsible for 13 million infections and 1.5 million deaths globally every year.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported an increased spread of fungi infections during the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning there’s increased danger for people with health conditions and diseases such as asthma and diabetes, and for people who live with compromised immune systems, either because of their age or due to other medical conditions.
That’s evidence that there is a real and urgent need for a product to deal with that particular threat – one that often runs opposite to consumer desire to be as all-natural as possible.
According to Skin Elements ASX:SKN, around 70% of homes have mould, and around 28% of individuals are genetically susceptible to health conditions related to it.
Those numbers are, pardon the pun, nothing to sneeze at – because mould can be the culprit behind a number of serious illnesses.
And recently, as if the presence of mould wasn’t already an issue, the likelihood of mould being present in domestic or workplace conditions is rising, thanks in large part to the recent, rapid increased prevalence of flood events in the United States and the Australian Eastern States.
Even worse, in newer homes and commercial premises, new techniques that builders are using to construct more energy efficient environments are helping mould to blossom, due to the almost air-tight manner in which the buildings are put together.
It’s not just your home or your office where mould, and its ‘partner in crime’ fungus, are blossoming and wreaking havoc.
Fungi and mould are both now prevalent across many industries and found everywhere from large scale manufacturing plants to the more benign areas of your home and garden.
The fungal infections they can cause actually affect both animals and plant life, with an estimated 125+ million tonnes per annum of the top five food crops (rice, wheat, maize, potatoes and soybeans) destroyed by fungal infections, resulting in around $60 billion in damages every year.
That is a staggering amount of damage cause by something that is often difficult to see – and which, until recently, required an army of horribly harsh chemicals to try to combat.
Traditional solutions to kill mould in the home usually involve chemicals or bleach – neither of which are much fun to be exposed to without protective clothing or, in some cases, breathing apparatus.
But one company has stepped up to the plate, and passed tests against the fungus black mould & yeast, for the challenge of defeating moulds and fungus, using an all-natural, plant-based formula that has been tested and proven to wipe out virtually all of these common nasties without covering your home, or yourself, in harsh chemicals.
Skin Elements announced SuprCuvr last year, and it made waves throughout the industry due to its exceptionally high effectiveness and its plant-based nature, and recently was used by Thomson Coachlines to disinfect in the transport industry with a higher level of protection with 99.99999% effectiveness against COVID-19 and bacteria and germ killing power.
Since then, Skin Elements has subjected SuprCuvr to even more stringent testing against Mould, Fungal and Yeast including candida albicans and aspergillus brasiliensis – which it has passed with flying colours.
And to answer the question of whether SuprCuvr can still be a family- or workplace-friendly option, Skin Elements says it has been independently tested to show no irritation on skin.
SKN says this new testing offers an even better idea of just how effective and versatile SuprCuvr is – and what a compelling case for us it has for consumers large and small – after the product secured a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) registration for its SuprCuv as a hospital-grade disinfectant product last year.
That is why SKN is now shifting it’s focus from research & development to commercialisation of SuprCuvr – alongside its other product lines, including Soléo Organics all-natural sunscreen and PapayaActivs, its pawpaw-based therapeutic and cosmetic range – to get the right product into the right hands, for the benefit of all.
This article was developed in collaboration with Skin Elements Limited, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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