A new tool that can prevent aluminum from corroding on your plastic grocery bags and grocery shopping carts is coming to market soon, and the company behind it says it’s the world’s first to be completely free of aluminum.
The metal coating, dubbed “Aluminum Nano,” can be applied to aluminum parts, such as the plastic parts of plastic grocery cart wheels and the plastic pieces of aluminum grill covers, and can be used to prevent the metal from corroming on the aluminum.
Aluminum nano can be sprayed on the plastic or metal surface of the aluminum, preventing corrosion and keeping the aluminum from degrading.
Alone or in combination with other products, it’s used by more than half a billion consumers around the world, according to the company.
It’s manufactured by a Swiss company and is the first of its kind in the world.
The coating is a “nanoparticle that can be manufactured with virtually no waste, no harmful emissions, and no toxic metals,” Aliexpress, the company that developed the coating, said in a press release.
“Its chemical-free, nontoxic, nontoxidizing, and biodegradable properties are unmatched in the food and packaging industries.”
It’s also nontoxic.
The coating is non-toxic and can even be used on foods and cosmetics.
“Aluminum nanosheets are a non-biodegradible, nontoxicity-free additive that provides long-term protection against the effects of heavy metals such as aluminum and mercury, among others,” the company said.
Aliexprt has received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food and Technology Innovation Research (FTR-FITR) Innovation Award, and is looking for partners to develop and market the coating.
Aliextr said in the release that it will use the $300,000 in grants to develop a second version of the coating that will be used in grocery bags, grocery cart rotors, aluminum cans, and other products.
“The FDA is currently working on a study to evaluate the use of a nanoparticle in food packaging and other non-food uses,” the FDA said in an emailed statement.
“As a result, we will have no further information to share at this time.”
Aliextrn said it expects to start selling the coating in 2018.
Alistair Stewart, a chemist at the University of Reading, told The Associated Press that he hopes the coating is effective and affordable.
“I think that’s a very good indication that it could be very useful,” Stewart said.