How does pCure work?
pCure is installed in the toilet in a similar fashion to normal toilet rim blocks. Each time the toilet is flushed, the block will release natural, specially formulated ingredients called enzymes that contribute to reduce the amount of pharmaceutical residues that reach nature.
Can anyone use pCure?
Yes! pCure products are designed as ordinary toilet rim blocks, which are usable by the general public. Via a toilet, you can install any of the pCure products, and will contribute to degrading residues in the sewers. Since almost all toilets have rims, it also means every household, office, healthcare institution or other facility can start contributing by using pCure.
In what way do I use pCure for the best possible effect?
pCure products are designed to work in all types of toilets under normal flushing conditions. For the best possible effect, we suggest trying to position the product in the main flow area of the toilet.
This positioning ensures that water passes the cage and the a high amount of enzymes can be released into the sewer systems. No toilets are the same, and different flush conditions and usage may affect the product’s life length.
For how long will pCure last in my toilet?
The average lifespan of the products is generally 130 flushes. The actual amount of flushes in your toilet depends on factors such as the flush-volume, how often the toilet is used and how it is used. More information regarding product can be found in the Standard Dissolving Test
How many pCures do I need in my toilet?
You need one pCure per toilet and need to replace it whenever it runs out. The lifespan of a product in the toilet is about 2-3 weeks depending on how often the toilet is used.
How long do the product stay active?
In its package the products are stable for a long time. You can find the expected expiration date on the product package.
Additionally, the products are quite stable in dry form and in normal room-temperature. The activity (or effect) against residues remains stable during its entire shelf life. As long as pCure is used before its expiry date, the enzymes will maintain their stated effect.
We recommend that you follow the instructions for the products.
What is the product shelf life?
The product has a shelf life of 18 months if stored in room temperature and dry storage. This gives our customers the opportunity to choose to buy several pCure boxes at once, minimizing need for unnecessary transport costs and environmental impact.
What are pharmaceutical residues?
Pharmaceutical residues are normally referring to residues of medicine that have biologically active ingredients. These ingredients are called API’s or Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. They are carefully designed to help us recover from sickness and diseases, but at the same time they can have a negative side effect when released into the environment.
There are many different residues that are considered harmful for the environment and are generally found in many of the more common groups of medicines such as antibiotics, painkillers, anti-inflammatory, birth control pills, anti-depressants and many more.
What pharmaceutical residues are pCure developed towards?
The enzyme blends that are used in pCure products are developed towards pharmaceutical residues that are of certain concern due to environmental impact.
A substance environmental impact is continuously evaluated through studies by both governmental authorities and water organizations. These lists generate a long list of substances, which can be used as basis for development focus. The lists varies between countries, governmental agencies, and organizations
The pharmaceutical residues that are of certain interest for pCure degradation belongs to several different groups, such as Antibiotics, Hormones, Antidepressants, and Anti-Inflammatory etc.
The effect on pharmaceutical residues must always be verified by the verification process. However, it is likely that pCure also breaks down other environmentally hazardous drug residues in addition to the verified, but no claims are done if unless a verification has been followed.
Visit pCure Labs to learn more about substances of certain concern and which substances that have been verified.
What pharmaceutical residues does pCure target?
pCure target a wide range of pharmaceutical residues and is developed to primarily focus on certain substances that have been classified as environmentally hazardous.
To get an overview of which substances that are of certain concern, and which have been verified by pCure, we recommend visiting pCure Labs for more information.
How is pCure so efficient against pharmaceutical residues?
Apart from the efficient design, pCure contains advanced biotechnology, enzymes, that is already developed and used in the wastewater treatment industry.
The product releases blends of enzymes that have strong catalytic effects. Enzymes are sometimes referred to as “nature’s own catalysts”. The purpose of the enzymes is to enhance the reaction-rate of chemical reactions without being consumed by themselves.
Transferred to pCure, the enzyme blends included in the products have effect towards targeted pharmaceutical residues.
All life on earth is dependent on enzymes and without enzymes, life as we know it wouldn´t exist. Additionally, enzymes are proteins, which are made up of amino acids, and the enzymes are therefore biodegradable.
How much residues do pCure remove?
The product target a wide range of targeted pharmaceutical residues. The total effect of pCure towards a certain pharmaceutical residue varies dependent on the substance and conditions.
You can find more information of the performance of the products on pCure Labs. Here you will find out which substances the products degrades, what the performance is regarding these substances, which new substances we are focusing on and much more.
How is pCure´s effect measured?
pCure´s performance towards various substances are measured according to a verification process created in conjunction with a qualified third party organisation.
The verification processes are structured according to the principles and requirements in ISO 14034:2016 and designed to specify in which conditions that the products are tested.
Should I throw leftovers medicine in the toilet?
No! You should never throw leftover medicine in the toilet. You can easily return leftover medicine to the nearest pharmacy or collection center. pCure is designed to work effectively against pharmaceutical residues that have passed through your body.
Does pCure color the water?
Unfortunately, no. pCure focuses primarily on fragrance and degrading pharmaceutical residues. The color in the block lets you identify when the product is starting to run out.
Color ingredients for coloring of water are usually very hazardous for the environment and aquatic life. For basic colors we use naturally occurring minerals that have a strong sustainability profiles.
Is pCure considered a wastewater treatment technology?
Yes, to some extent. In that sense where pCure releases enzymes that have effect on selected pharmaceutical residues in wastewater, the product can indeed be identified as a wastewater treatment technology. However, you cannot directly compare the products with industrial wastewater technologies that are installed at municipal wastewater treatment facilities.
Otherwise, pCure is considered to be a household product and is similar to a conventional toilet rim block with functionalities such as fragrances, colors and so on.
Are your products organic?
We strive to source the highest quality ingredients from a sustainability and efficiency perspective for our products, but they are not all certified organic.
What is ISO 14034:2016 Environmental Management – Environmental Technology Verification (ETV)?
ISO 14034:2016 specifies principles procedures and requirements for environmental technology verification (ETV) and was developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The objective of ETV is to provide credible, reliable and independent verification of the performance of environmental technologies. An environmental technology is technology that either result in an environmental added value or measures parameters that indicate an environmental impact. Such technologies have an increasingly important role in addressing environmental challenges and achieving sustainable development.