*introduced me to how nano-silver is being used in hospitals and alerted me to the fact that consumers are more worried about products that they are interacting with on a daily basis versus an institution using the nano material in a hospital.
http://www.naturalnews.com/023496.html (also the same article found for the legal action taken by the EPA, this is merely a different website)
*this was the first article I read that informed me on the regulation concerns of nano-silver.
*I later on appreciated this information more when Pure Plushy announced its removal of nano-silver from their products.
*How regulation and company fear of negative publicity are intertwined is amazing
- http://www.naturalnews.com/020723.html (another article from the Natural News.com website
http://www.ewg.org/ (Environmental Working Group— Public Health Website)
*this site was nice because it kept me updated on the latest concerns surrounding the environment and they also talked about nano-silver being washed out of socks and into the wastewater and how the effects of nanoparticles in the environment is unknown
http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com/index.php?nothanks=1 (Skin Deep—that website Julie discussed with us)
*I didn't really use this website for my research, but I feel that this site should be well known to consumers)
*http://www.nanocafes.org/node/669 (NOW MY PRODUCT SAYS IT HAS STOPPED USING SILVER!!!!!)**
*this site was a huge breakthrough in my research when Roy Sharda (co-owner of Pure Plushy) said that nano-silver is going to be taken out of all products until further research is performed.
Andrew Maynard (Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center) was a great source for finding my biases against using nanotechnology and the risks involved in this new technology
http://www.pureplushy.com/ (The main company for this stuffed animal) CURRENT WEBSITE
* THE PRIMARY COMPANY PRODUCING THESE STUFFED ANIMALS DON'T EVEN LABEL IN THEIR DESCRIPTION THAT THEY ARE USING NANOTECHNOLOGY
http://web.archive.org/web/20070127000119/http://www.pureplushy.com/index.html (WEBSITE THE COMPANY DITCHED BECAUSE IT SAID TOO MUCH ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY!!!!!)
*doesn't mention that it is a product of nanotechnology, but does capitalize on the benefits of the anti-microbial properties of nanosilver
*same bear, but this one does mention the use of nanotechnology as a main selling point. Both are same price, but Toys R Us marked it down five dollars as opposed to Target's website.
http://www.nanotechproject.org/inventories/consumer/browse/products/benny_bear_plush_toy/ (Where I originally got the idea)
*BENNY THE BEAR as a children's product capitalizing on the fact that it's the first antimicrobial teddy bear.
* same bear name, but charging more and marking it down to $35. Also selling point saying that this stuffed animal was on a TV show.
*exactly the questions I had reading through the Pure Plushy website. A critical analysis with a clear bias against this corporate company
*the sites below was my general overview of nano-silver. I was looking more for how the material works and what makes it unique, but I had a difficult time finding detailed information about nano-silver beyond claims like the nano-silver destroys cell membranes. I would have preferred to find a bit more scientific explanation for why nano-silver can behave so differently from its bulk form
http://www.fda.gov/nanotechnology/meetings/kimbrell_files/800x600/index.html (FDA Facts and Regulations)
*sounds to me like the FDA is ignoring the true impact of what it means to be a product of nanotechnology by saying that the bulk material is no different than its nano sized material.
http://www.icta.org/nanoaction/doc/CTA%20Petition%20Appendix%20A_nano-silver_product_inventory.pdf (comparison of how companies market their product)
http://www.nanocafes.org/latest_nanonews (latest news on what's happening with nanotechnology)
http://www.nano-silver.com/ (good visuals)
NANO SILVER MANUFACTURERS AND PRODUCERS
http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/Nano_Silver.html (GOOD STARTING POINT)
*this site also proved to be a fruitful endeavor and allowed me to compose a hypothetical value chain for Pure Plushy. To my surprise, by process of elimination of 600 products I found a Chinese company that most likely is responsible for manufacturing the product for the US company Pure Plushy
*same combination as stuffed animals with the memory foam infused with silver threads, good stepping stone for value chain
http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.htm?programID=08-P13-00026 ("silver on steroids")
http://www.1stworldtradeportal.com/default.cgi/action/viewcompanies/companyid/6135/ (main polyurethane exporter and manufacturer)
http://www.plushtoys4you.com/ (Some of the Steps to making a Plush Toy)
http://www.foamdistributing.com/products/products.html (memory foam)
*Textile nano silver antimicrobial finishing agent
http://www.hznano.com/en/ (Chinese Manufacturer)
*other memory foam bear
http://www.tradeatchina.com/company/orient10/9/product.html (THE ONE YOU HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR!!)