American Eagle introduces paper with antimicrobial protection

Scott Igoe.

American Eagle Paper Mills (Tyrone, Pennsylvania) is launching a new line of antimicrobial paper to help minimize the transmission of communicable diseases. The Eagle Armour line of paper products is treated with Biomaster silver ion technology to provide antimicrobial protection for the lifetime of the paper. “To address the need for cleaner surfaces, American Eagle Paper Mills is proud to have successfully manufactured a paper that incorporates an antimicrobial agent,” said Scott Igoe, President of American Eagle Paper Mills. “What’s especially great about Eagle Armour Antimicrobial Paper is that it inhibits the growth of bacteria without sacrificing paper performance or appearance.” Laboratory testing conducted by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), showed no noticeable difference in print quality between the antimicrobial-treated paper versus the untreated control paper.

According to Biomaster USA, supplier of the EPA-registered antimicrobial silver technology used in the Eagle Armour branded papers, silver is an element found naturally in the environment and has long been regarded as a versatile antimicrobial agent. The silver ions interact with the molecular processes within microorganisms resulting in inhibition of growth, loss of energy production, and prevention of DNA replication and new cell formation. “Additional testing performed at an independent microbiology laboratory on the antimicrobial-treated paper demonstrated a 99.9% reduction in non-pathogenic bacteria,” Igoe added. “These papers are ideal for use in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, dental offices, long-term care and assisted-living facilities, restaurants, food service plants, schools, offices and more.”