Copper’s Antimicrobial Superpower: Exploring its Disinfectant and Antibacterial Properties

Munich, March 2020

Copper’s significance in the context of the new coronavirus is particularly noteworthy, given its natural disinfecting properties. On March 9, a scientific report from US scientists at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shed light on the virus’s lifespan on various surfaces. The studies confirm that copper is the least hospitable surface for the novel coronavirus, with the virus surviving for only up to four hours, in stark contrast to plastic and stainless steel surfaces (up to three days), cardboard (up to 24 hours), and other materials.

Copper’s exceptional attributes stem from the oligodynamic effect, which denotes the toxic impact of metal ions on living cells. In other words, copper possesses both antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, effectively inhibiting bacterial growth. To scientifically prove these effects on our copper surfaces, we subjected the bottles to rigorous testing at a food and water laboratory. These tests involved water contaminated with bacteria, including E. coli, and within a mere six-hour period, the presence of coliform bacteria was completely eradicated. This aligns with the longstanding recognition of copper’s value in the ancient science of Ayurvedic medicine. Here you can view detailed summary of the test findings.

Long story short, opting for a copper bottle from Forrest & Love offers a twofold benefit: externally, the virus survives for a minimal duration on the bottle’s surface, and internally, copper exerts its antibacterial and antimicrobial effects on the drinking water. It’s another compelling reason to choose our copper bottles for your hydration needs!