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News & Alerts

Danish Ministry of the Environment finds ''no specific risk'' from nano-Silver in Textiles
A survey recently conducted by the Danish Ministry of the Environment has found that there are no 'specific' or 'identified risks' resulting from the use of nanosilver in textiles
NGOs highlight their Concerns over growing number of Nanosilver Products
A report recently published by both ANEC and BEUC has said that 117 products containing nano-scale silver were found by them in Europe between 2011 and 2012. The review, Nano: Very small and Everywhere, states that 'this is a tremendous growth of claims', as in 2009 only 151 products were found to claim to have any nanomaterials in them
Swedish Environment Minister accuses Nanosilver Products of 'Consumer Fraud'
The Swedish Environment Minister, Lena Ek, has stated that she considers products containing silver nanoparticles to be "double the consumer fraud". She did note, however, that this was her view on the matter "as a private person" and not as a minister
US Environmental Protection Agency officially approves Nanopesticide
An antimicrobial nanosilver pesticide has become the first nanosilver product to be officially registered for use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, after its conditional registration was approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The product, AGS-20, had been registered for approval in 2008 by its...
Dutch TV reports on impact of nano-Silver on Environment
On 4 February 2012, the Dutch TV channel Kassa broadcasted a report on nanosilver in sportswear. Entitled Vies luchtje aan nanozilver in sportkleding, it focused on a study that the Dutch NGO Natuur & Milieu had commissioned from a RIKILT laboratory: the study report Silver nanoparticles in textiles (RIKILT Report 2011.016) was released on the...
World’s first commercial-scale Producer of nanocrystalline Cellulose (NCC) opens up in Canada
On 26 January 2012 the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, announced the official opening of CelluForce facility, 'the world's first commercial-scale producer of nanocrystalline cellulose (NNC)' located in Windsor, Quebec, Canada, according to the Ministry's press release
US Natural Resources Defense Council files Lawsuit against US Environmental Protection Agency for approval of nano-Pesticide
The US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a lawsuit on 26 January 2012 against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for having approved the use of nanosilver as a pesticide in textiles. The US EPA granted conditional approval to the Swiss company HeiQ for its AGS-20, which the company intends to use as a preservative in...
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: Analysis of US EPA Conditional Registration of HeiQ AGS-20 as a Materials Preservative in Textiles
On 1 December 2011 the US EPA granted a conditional registration under section 3(c)(7)(C) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for HeiQ-AGS-20 which is to be incorporated into textiles to suppress growth of bacteria. NIA has published an analysis of this registration
NIA EXCLUSIVE Document: Analysis of US EPA conditional Registration of HeiQ AGS-20 as a Materials Preservative in Textiles
On 1 December 2011, the US EPA granted a conditional registration under section 3(c)(7)(C) of the FIFRA Act for HeiQ-AGS-20, which is to be incorporated into textiles to suppress growth of bacteria. NIA has published an analysis of the ruling exclusively for its Members
Swiss Publication on disposal of Textile Waste containing Nanosilver
The Swiss Institute for Environmental and Process Technology (Institut für Umwelt- und Verfahrenstechnik (UMTEC)) have published a report entitled Disposal of Waste containing Nanosilver in the Textile Industry: Mass Flows and Treatment Methods
Swiss Federation issues Nanomaterials Safety Guide for Textiles
A guide on the use and safety of nanomaterials in textiles was issued jointly by Swiss TVS and EMPA. The guide, entitled Nano Textiles: Foundations and guiding principles for the efficient sustainable development nanotextiles (Nano Textiles: Grundlagen und Leitprinzipien zur effizienten Entwicklung nachhaltiger Nanotextilien), provides useful...
US EPA requests Information from Manufacturers of Nanosilver
The US EPA released in the US Federal Register of 26 October 2011 the final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan as required by the US Clean Water Act. The effluent guidelines are regulations that improve water quality by controlling discharges from industrial sources. The plan includes a request for comment and information for its 2011 annual...
Nanosilver: An Ancient Material Is Getting New Attention
Nanosilver has been the subject of much media attention in the recent past, and not all of it good. Nanotechnology detractors, and even some government agencies, have made nanosilver the bogey man for all that is scary and uncertain about nanomaterials
Silver-Ion Cycle – Nature fabricates its own Nanosilver
The use of nanosilver in consumer products or industrial applications has sparked a vivid discussion about its toxicity and eventual effect on the environment as a potent biocide. A team of researchers, including those from US NIST have published a paper entitled Humic Acid-Induced Silver Nanoparticle Formation Under Environmentally Relevant...
Is your nanosilver T-shirt bad for the environment?
Nano-silver applications in antimicrobial or 'non-smelly' fabric applications focused most of the attention of the media and bloggers for years. It comes as no surprise that a detailed evaluation of the environmental impact has finally been reported on a particular case of T-shirt enhanced with nano-silver
Dutch Government updates Inventory of nano-enabled Products on the European Market
The Dutch RIVM has published a report entitled Nanomaterials in consumer products - Update of products on the European market in 2010. The report had been commissioned by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (nVWA) as an update to RIVM's first inventory, published 2007
Nanosilver in Textiles does not affect Skin-Flora
On 10 January 2011 The Hohenstein Institute (Germany) reported on a practical trial of antibacterial clothing that contains nanosilver. The effects of nanosilver on the skin flora and microclimate were investigated
Everything you always wanted to know about Nanotechnology Textiles
Nanowerk Spotlight provides a detailed account of the application of Nanotechnology Textiles, explaining that '"Nano Textiles" can be produced by a variety of methods. The key difference among them is whether synthetic nanoparticles are integrated into the fibres or the textile, or are applied as a coating on the surface, and/or whether...
Now available in English: Austrian 'NanoTrust' Project Publications
The Austrian NanoTrust (a project of the Austrian Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, sponsored by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Technology and Innovation) has published a number of its dossiers in English language
Canadian Workers Union publishes Opinion on Nanotechnology
In December 2010 Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE) suddenly published an article about the health and safety of nanotechnology: the article, entitled Health and safety issues with nanotechnology, focused on reiterating the use of nanotechnology in sunscreens and various types of socks