April 28, 2021

Microban shines a light on the cracks in TiO2

A report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer1 recently classified TiO2 as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’ by inhalation and similarly, the European Chemicals Agency2 recommended TiO2 be classified as a category 2 carcinogen (suspected of causing cancer).

In contrast, antimicrobial technologies from Microban International are based on SilverShield®, the first patented antimicrobial solution for ceramic products, which is far safer and superior, posing no additional risk of exposure to potentially carcinogenic compounds and harmful free radicals during tile installation. In addition, unlike TiO2, these chemistries do not need light to activate their protective action. Microban silver-based antimicrobial ceramic technologies are US EPA registered and EU BPR notified, providing consumers with safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly tiles that offer cleaner, fresher, and better protected living spaces without compromising on look or quality.


Giorgio Rimini, Managing Director EMEA at Microban International, added: “With our partners on board, we have been able to combine our collective knowledge to equip homes and places of business with antimicrobial tiles that are simultaneously protective and stunning!”


To explore the safety concerns related to the use of TiO2 in indoor ceramic applications, read the latest article from Dr. Ivan Ong, Vice President of Research and Development, and Tara Conley, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Microban International, at https://bit.ly/3ewyFSv.

  1. https://monographs.iarc.who.int/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TR42-Full.pdf
  2. https://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/594bf0e6-8789-4499-b9ba-59752f4eafab


About Microban International

Microban International is a global specialist in antimicrobial, odor control, smart surface and disinfection technologies. Our proactive systems keep products cleaner, and control odors better by preventing problems before they start. For more information, please visit www.microban.com.

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