Antimicrobial AntiBug® Technology

Our specialist patent protected antimicrobial AntiBug® Technology starts fighting germs as soon as they come into contact with your BugBear™ bottle. All of our products have been clinically proven to kill 99.9% of harmful bacteria.

The active ingredient is consistently released in a controlled manner, maintaining the same antibacterial effectiveness after repeated cleaning cycles and after long-term use.
Our unique antimicrobial AntiBug® technology has been successfully tested against over 50 common organisms such as –

• E.coli
• Salmonella
• Listeria
• Pseudomonas
• Aspergillus Niger

The science bit…..

What is AntiBug®?

Our AntiBug® is a patent protected, fully certified treatment using silver ion antimicrobials which are added to the bottles at time of manufacture in the UK.

How does AntiBug® work?

The use of silver in medicine dates back thousands of years, and scientists have long known that the metal is a potent antibacterial agent. The silver ions in AntiBug® perform their work by punching holes in bacterial membranes and wreaking havoc once inside. They bind to essential cell components like DNA of the bacteria, stopping them from reproducing and causing them to die.

Is it safe?

Yes – silver technology has a low toxicity and is used in a wide range of applications such as implantable devices and skin creams. The antimicrobials are also microns in size, many thousands of times bigger than nano particles.

How long does it last?

Our AntiBug® Coating will last for the normal life of the product under correct use.

Do I need to clean my AntiBug® bottle?

Our AntiBug® coating is complementary to cleaning practices. The technology continues to work 24 hours a day in between the normal cleaning schedules thus reducing growth of the microbes preventing them from reaching potential dangerous levels.

In addition to cleaning the bottle we recommend using a mild steralising solution (e.g.Milton) or a mixture of hot water, vinegar and a teaspoon of baking soda for a more natural alternative, every now and again.


Is AntiBug® the same as collodial silver?

No it is not, collodial silver is a suspension of silver particles in water and is sold as a supplement.  Whereas AntiBug ® uses silver ions which refer to silver atoms from which one or more electrons have been lost, and which exist in an ionic state.


AntiBug® products have been successfully tested against over 50 common organisms such as; MRSA • E.coli • Salmonella • Listeria • Pseudomonas • Aspergillus Niger


Health & Environmental Considerations


Acute oral LD50         Rat 5000mg/kg

Irritancy                      Skin Irritation: Negative

Eye Irritant: Mild/moderate as a powder

Sensitisation              Non-sensitising to healthy human skin

Mutagenicity              Non mutagenic

Carcinogenicity          No evidence

Teratogenicity            No evidence

Phototoxicity              No evidence


Regulatory Information

Animal Testing

The AntiBug® Coating has not been tested on animals. The novel active component has had toxicological testing carried out but only in connection with its use as a pharmaceutical active agent.


Personal Care

USA INCI name                Approved

UK PNA                            Approved

EC – Annex VI Full           Approved

Australia                           Approved

Canada                            Approved

Bulgaria                            Approved

Czech Republic                Approved

Switzerland                       Approved

Poland                              Approved

EU Cosmetics Products Directive Approved preservative listed in Annex VI directive 76/768/EC

Food Contact Uses

EC Listed Synoptic document no 7 Reference RN 86430

BgW (BfR) Chapter 14 Approved (Also complies with Chapter 36)

FDA Federal Register Title 21 Food & Drugs Chapter 1

Part 175.105 – Adhesives

Part 175.300 – Resinous and polymeric coatings

Part 175.320 – Resinous and polymeric coatings for polyolefin films

Part 176.170 – Materials in contact with aqueous and fatty food

Part 176.180 – Materials in contact with dry foods

Part 177.2600 – Rubber articles intended for repeated use



EC EN71 Toy applications (Parts 3 & %) Approved

ASTM D4236 Artist materials Approved

Medical Devices Regulations 2002 Suitable for use in Class 1 medical devises

Water Regulations Advisory Service (WRAS) Suitable for use in products which come into contact with potable water (BS6920)

Industrial Biocide/Antimicrobal

EU Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) Listed in the second review regulation (EC2032/2003) as an existing active substance

Germany Blue Angel Listed in RAL-UZ 102 for use in low emission wall paints

US EPA/FIFRA Registration application in progress, EPA File ref. 49403-R

The Department of Health Rapid Review Panel has given a Class 3 accreditation to the AntiBug® Coating

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