Evac Launches New Antimicrobial Materials For Cruise Ship Toilets
The new material will be available on all Evac Optima 5 and Optima 5S vacuum toilets
Marine water and waste management system supplier Evac introduces new antimicrobial materials for toilet seats and push buttons on cruise ships.
The seats and push buttons will be made from urea-formaldehyde (UF) and acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) plastic impregnated with a silver compound approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Silver ions interact with bacteria making them unable to reproduce, while the strength of UF plastic helps prevent scratches that can harbor microbes. According to tests carried out by the company, the material reduces the presence of bacteria by up to 99.99%.
The new material will be available as standard on all Evac Optima 5 and Optima 5S vacuum toilets from January 2022. There is also an option to retrofit them on existing ships, either in the form of seat covers and push buttons. in the cabins, or for high traffic areas such as public toilets. In addition, there is an automatic flush option which can offer completely non-contact operation and features the same antimicrobial material in the event of physical contact.
“This is a long-lasting solution that reduces the source of infection during toilet visits,” said Lauri Aalto, product line manager at Evac. “This makes it easier for owners to show that they are taking clear action to improve passenger safety. From a passenger perspective, there is added peace of mind, as the benefits are easy to understand. I hope the cruise industry can pass on these benefits to create greater confidence among passengers. ”