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HeiQ AGS-20is an antimicrobial nanosilver treatment for textiles made by the company HeiQ Materials AG. Nanosilver is a controversial material as it is antimicrobial but also may harm the environment and human health. HeiQ AGS-20 received conditional registration as a pesticide from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2012:
- "EPA issued a notice, published in the Federal Register of March 31, 2010, (75 FR 16109) (FRL-8806-9), which announced that the company, HeiQ Materials AG (on behalf of its agent/Gaughn Consulting)... had submitted an application to register the pesticide product, HeiQ AGS-20, a product that would be used as an antimicrobial and preservative additive used to treat fibers, plastics, polymers, latex products and ceramics (EPA File Symbol 85249-R), containing the active ingredient silver, which includes particles in the size range between 1 and 100 nm) at 19.3%. HeiQ subsequently submitted a revised label limiting use to the treatment of fibers only. This active ingredient has not been included in any previously registered product.
- "Listed below is the application conditionally approved on December 1, 2012 for silver:
- "HeiQ AGS-20, the end use product, (EPA Registration Number 85249-1), an antimicrobial and preservative additive used to treat fibers."
HeiQ joined with Huntsman Textile Effects to brand its nanosilver treatment as "Pure." Pure is used on:
- Mammut's Alpine Underwear collection
- Nylstar's Nylcare fiber
- TWE's Qualitex wipes
- Radici Group's fibers Nanofeel and Cornleaf.
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- ↑ Pesticide Product Registrations; Conditional Approval, EPA, February 22, 2012, Accessed September 9, 2013.
- ↑ , HeiQ, October 5, 2012, Accessed September 9, 2015.
- ↑ Mammut, Accessed September 9, 2015.
- ↑ Nylstar, Accessed September 9, 2015.
- ↑ TWE, Accessed September 9, 2015.
- ↑ Radici, Accessed September 9, 2015.
- Nate Seltenrich , "Nanosilver: Weighing the Risks and Benefits," Environmental Health Perspectives, DOI:10.1289/ehp.121-a220.
- Ryan Villarreal, "Pesticides In Your Bed? The EPA Said It's OK," International Business Times, April 3, 2013.