Norwex uses a silver-based agent known as BacLock that is embedded into the microfibers. The Norwex silver agent is an EPA approved antimicrobial additive. It is designed to inhibit bacterial odour, mold and/or mildew growth within the cloth!
Norwex uses micro-silver technology which is safe for the environment. Beware of imitation products, which use nano-silver. What’s the difference, you ask?
While nano-silver technology is effective in prohibiting bacteria growth and other microorganisms, its long term effects aren’t so pretty. When products containing nano-silver are thrown into the washer, their silver nano-particles are released and end up in our waste water systems and into our environment. Once these particles are in our environment, they become dangerous to organisms including ourselves. Studies have shown these particles enter our bloodstreams and work their way into our brains. That is why Norwex uses micro-silver technology, it remains embedded into the fibers of the cloth and thus is not harmful on the environment. Nano-silver is approximately 1000 times smaller than Micro-silver.
Have you ever wondered how Norwex is able to get the silver into their cloths?
Here’s how they do it…
- The Norwex micro silver is not added to the surface of the cloth but is added when the fibers of the cloth are still in a liquid form.
- A yarn-like fiber 1/ 200th the size of a human hair is then created from this liquid solution and the micro silver is permanently embedded into the fiber. This fiber is later to be woven into the microfiber products you receive (similar to knitting a scarf!)
- When the cloth is being woven, you only see the machine weaving back and forth, over and over and over again. Eventually the cloth begins to become apparent and you can see what color the final product will be. The fibers are that fine and “micro”.
It is hard to imagine how fine 1 /200th the size of a human hair really is. One EnviroCloth contains approximately 8.5 million feet of fiber. If I were to unravel one EnviroCloth, it would stretch from Winnipeg, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
How Micro are the Fibers?
What is the difference between inexpensive microfiber cloths sold at the local stores and the ones sold by Norwex? The proof of quality is in the size of the fibers use to weave the cloth. In order to be labelled as a microfiber product the fibers used need to be a minimum of 1/6th the size of a human hair. These cloths may work well to replace the knit cloths Grandma made for you, but they are not effective in cleaning a surface to hospital grade cleanliness like a Norwex EnviroCloth. An Norwex EnviroCloth woven with fibers 1/200th the size of a human hair will leave the surface clean, polished and streak-free.
Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.