April 20, 2021

The back-to-school range with antimicrobial technology from Microban®

Microban International and Continental Accessory are thrilled to announce the launch of the first collection of school and office supplies treated with antimicrobial product protection, ready for the 2021 back-to-school season. The innovative U Style® product line – featuring notebooks, binders, journals, portfolio covers, and stylish pencil pouches – has built-in antimicrobial technology to help prevent the growth of microbes and keep surfaces 99 % cleaner.

 

The education system is all set to return to normality following the global pandemic, and Continental Accessory has partnered with Microban to ensure that students are equipped and empowered for the next school year with its full range of treated school and office supplies. The American-born and family-owned brand is ready to unveil its new product line of school and office supplies treated with Microban antimicrobial technology, proactively helping to protect products from the growth of microbes. The technology is incorporated into the range during manufacturing to provide unrivaled product protection that doesn’t wear away with use, offering greater peace of mind. The U Style promise also ensures that a percentage of every purchase is donated to the charity One Tree Planted, supporting reforestation efforts all over the world and giving back to the planet.

 

Microban is the global leader in antimicrobial additives and odor control solutions, applying its 35 years of materials expertise to proficiently incorporate EPA-certified technology into the U Style line from Continental Accessory. A trusted trademark around the world, Microban provides the unique selling perspective of products that are inherently cleaner, fresher, and more durable, without ever compromising on style or functionality.

 

“At Microban, we are excited to have exclusively partnered with Continental Accessory to develop a range of stationery with our patented antimicrobial technology,” commented Steve Lutes, Business Development Director at Microban International. “Incorporating this technology into the product range is a systematic approach to establishing a cleaner working environment, giving consumers the confidence of lasting product protection. Students and office workers can get organized and ready to return to work in style, knowing that their supplies will stay cleaner for longer.”

 

Eric Koeppel, Co-President and CMO, added: “With over 75 years of manufacturing experience, we are passionate that stationery should give students the freedom to express their individuality, spark creativity and be themselves. Partnering with the trusted experts at Microban helps to protect the U Style range from the growth of microbes, so that school children have the confidence to live, learn and play.”

 

About Microban International

Part of Barr Brands International (BBI), 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. Microban drives innovation by combining science and creative solutions that enhance high-quality consumer, textile, industrial and medical products around the world. Today the Microban brand and technologies are featured on thousands of products worldwide. The company is headquartered in North Carolina with operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.microban.com.

 

About Continental Accessory

Continental Accessory, is a 3rd generation family-owned business with a history of over 75 years.  We are the leader in fashion school, home and office supplies.  Our products are featured prominently in over 40,000 stores in the US.  Our retail partners include: Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Safeway Albertsons, Office Depot, Fred Meyer, Kroger, Meijer, and many other specialty and department stores.

 

Our main corporate office is in New York, and we have offices in Bentonville, Arkansas and a showroom/sourcing office in Hong Kong.  Our domestic warehouses are located in California and New Jersey.  We specialize in value added, need based, and trend right fashion items that are aligned with customer needs featuring a broad range of intellectual property and other strategic innovations.  We have multi-country sourcing strategies in place to expedite concept to consumer. Our U Style brand showcases our innovation, with a proprietary Mess Proof Glitter production process, as well as numerous other embellishments including plush, foil, spot UV, foil, embossing, debossing, etc.

 

Sustainability- 100% of our items comes with our U Style Promise to Plant The Planet.  We planted 100,000 trees in 2020, which absorbs 4.8 million pounds of carbon from the atmosphere every year.  We understand the call to action, and know how important this is for the planet. Please see below link which gives a preview of how impactful and meaningful our initiative is to combat climate change.

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