What is Copper?
Copper is a chemical element of reddish colour with the symbol Cu. It can be found in the free metallic state in nature. An excellent conductor of heat and electricity, it is very malleable, ductile and has low chemical reactivity. In moist air it slowly forms a greenish surface film called patina.
Copper is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial which provides effective control of dust mites, mould, bacteria, and odours.
How does Copper affect bacteria?
Copper has natural anti-bacterial properties and kills bacteria on contact in two sequential steps: First interfering with the organisms’ cell membranes’ electrical charge, causing the outer membrane to rupture. The second is related to the holes in the outer membrane, through which the cell loses vital nutrients and water, causing a general weakening of the cell.
Health Effects of Copper
Copper is an essential nutrient not only for human health but also for animals and plants. Copper plays a fundamental role in making red blood cells and maintaining nerve cells health and a strong immune system.
Copper-based Fabric Certifications
Our fabrics have been certified by three different laboratories. Getting as a result after 48 hours and seven days on testing respectively, that the Cupper’s fabrics does not allow the growing of Staphylococcus aureus either Aspergillus Niger. Therefore, there is no presence of them.
Certificated by Intertek in Turkey. 2016
Certified by the University of Santiago de Chile. 2014
Certificate by Senai Institute of Technology in Brazil. 2015
Where does it come from now?
Cupper anti-bacterial fabrics are imported from Chile, the birthplace of the founder who currently lives in Australia. Our passion to connect these distant lands motivated us to design and manufacture using raw materials from Chile combined with Australian design and production.
Copper is mined from different deposits in the Earth. In 2019, Chile was ranked first position in terms of production with more than a quarter of global production. “La Escondida” copper mine in Antofagasta has a production capacity of some 1.2 million metric tons per year according from the Minera Chile. It is also ranked as the largest copper mine in the world.
Other important copper deposits are found in Indonesia, Peru, the United States, Mexico, Poland and Australia. The latter recognized by its mines Olympic Dan and Mount Isa.
World production of copper amounts to 12 million tons a year and exploitable reserves are around 300 million tons. About 2 million tons a year are reclaimed by recycling.