Innovative antibacterial protein shaker bottle launched to improve hygiene and prevent odours
Reusable drinks bottles reduce waste, protecting the environment, but are difficult to keep hygienically clean and odour-free. This led Alpha Designs, a manufacturer of shaker bottles and water jugs for gym use, to launch the world’s first antibacterial protein shaker bottle, Alpha Bottle V2. Working closely with leading antimicrobial additives provider BioCote, antimicrobial technology has been integrated throughout the bottle’s material to prevent bacteria and mould growth, which can cause unpleasant odours, staining and material degradation.
The popularity of protein powder, used as a nutritional supplement to build and tone muscle, repair tissue and aid weight loss, has increased sales of reusable protein shaker bottles. They offer gym-goers a simple way to consume powdered supplements during or after their workouts and are more environmentally friendly than drinking shakes from single-use plastic bottles.
With a background in the supplement industry and mass market plastic manufacture, Alpha Designs continually improves its designs and solves issues with existing products. For the launch of the Alpha Bottle V2, the company worked with BioCote to address the cleanliness issues associated with shaker bottles.
Protein shakers create a dark, warm and humid environment; an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, especially if bottles are not washed properly – with some having small parts that are hard to reach and clean. Shakers can also become cross-contaminated by being stored with sweaty clothes and gym equipment, as well as through the bacteria in people’s saliva and on their hands.
Growth of bacteria and mould can give shaker bottles an unpleasant odour, which can be difficult to remove, and may cause staining and material degradation. Microbiological analysis carried out on shaker bottles has suggested that inadequate hygiene practices can lead to the growth of environmental microorganisms and even pathogens, which may pose a risk to human health. The study1, published in August 2018, analysed the presence of different bacterial strains in used bottles from members of fitness centres and new non-used bottles. A total of 60 shakers (30 used and 30 non-used) were selected and submitted to microbiological analysis. All the non-used tests showed 100 per cent absence of contamination, while 90 per cent of the used bottles showed bacterial contamination. The bacteria isolated included Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas and E. coli.
Once manufactured into a product, BioCote’s antimicrobial technology works continuously and permanently, and is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, including E. coli, MRSA, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria. It acts in minutes and can reduce bacteria by up to 99.99 per cent. This helps to prevent bad odours and products from becoming stained and degraded over time, increasing their lifetime.