Oplon Pure Science, a Rehovot-based developer of anti-bacterial polymer sheets for packaging, has signed an $8 million contract with the Pepsi Corporation to supply packaging solutions for their products, according to No Camels.
The revolutionary Oplon packaging aims to protect foods from the colonization of microbes without the use of chemical preservatives or anti-biotics. The Oplon website states that an open container of milk with Oplon coating on the packaging can stay at room temperature for a month rather than a day, and could soon be used to sterilize medical tools, treat dermatological conditions, and assist in healing of wounds.
“Oplon’s antimicrobial coatings are an advanced composition of polyelectrolytes contained within a polymer matrix. On contact with liquids, a surface electric field is created, which disrupts cell membranes safely, effectively and inexpensively,” the company said on its website. “Based on this physical phenomenon, Oplon’s coatings act as an electric shield that kills yeast, mold, bacteria and certain viruses – disrupting and destroying them upon contact.”
The company noted that its materials “are non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and do not leach or release chemicals.”