Delta/Coke Napkins - Strong VOC odor!

Old Dec 19, 11, 10:50 am
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Delta/Coke Napkins - Strong VOC odor!

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I have been complaining to every FA recently - the relatively new Delta/Coca-Cola napkins used in flight have about 1/3 of their surface printed in red - patterns which also release a very strong odor - typical for VOC (volatile organic compounds).

I am not sure this has been addressed, but some of these VOC's are known as cancer-causing agents. I would not speculate further at this point, until I hear from other frequent flyers, or more documented viewpoints.

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Old Dec 19, 11, 10:53 am
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With all due respect to the OP, for everything else that we complain about, we're going to add "your cocktail napkins can cause cancer" to the list?
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Old Dec 19, 11, 10:58 am
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I was on a flight last week ATL-IND and the flight attendant was making kind of a spectacle of the napkins prior to departure, having the other FA's and the Pilot smell them, telling them how good they smelled and then watching their reactions to the bad odor when she put the stack up to their nose.

She said she had people decline them because of the odor.
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Old Dec 19, 11, 11:05 am
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Originally Posted by indual View Post
I was on a flight last week ATL-IND and the flight attendant was making kind of a spectacle of the napkins prior to departure, having the other FA's and the Pilot smell them, telling them how good they smelled and then watching their reactions to the bad odor when she put the stack up to their nose.

She said she had people decline them because of the odor.
Oh my, there is a joke to be pulled from that one....
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Old Dec 19, 11, 11:20 am
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I don't know what causes the odor, but i agree, it really is awful.
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Old Dec 19, 11, 11:22 am
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What's a Hapkin?

Pepsi napkins don't stink, just the Coke ones.
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Old Dec 19, 11, 11:26 am
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Originally Posted by nogophers View Post
What's a Hapkin?

Pepsi napkins don't stink, just the Coke ones.
Jess Hapkin...owns the Mercantile store down town... has a Coke fountain there...
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Old Dec 19, 11, 11:29 am
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Whatever stinky ink or bleaching process they use on the paper is really nasty. They remind me of the super cheap napkins I've seen in touristy restaurants over in Asia, which is where I suspect these things were printed up.
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Old Dec 19, 11, 11:36 am
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They are rinsed with Soylent Green...that is the odor.
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Old Dec 19, 11, 12:45 pm
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Yes, the napkins do have an odor.

What makes you sure the odor is caused by VOCs or that they are dangerous and unhealthy VOCs?

If the odor is not soylent green, it could possibly be from an environmentally-friendly ink, right?
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Old Dec 19, 11, 12:48 pm
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They are frankly cheap napkins, they do better to advertise Coke than absorb liquid. Does Coke/Delta know this does more harm to their brand than help?
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Old Dec 19, 11, 12:55 pm
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Originally Posted by itsaboutthejourney View Post
They are frankly cheap napkins, they do better to advertise Coke than absorb liquid. Does Coke/Delta know this does more harm to their brand than help?

Interesting observation IATJ. Check out this link that I found while looking for more info on these malodorous wipes:

http://www.barrettrossie.com/2011/05...ons-from-coke/

Like you say--better for the brand, probably not so much for the napkin maker.
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Pepsi, our napkins won't kill you....


See, now I am a Marketing guy too...
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Originally Posted by Thomas Hudson View Post
Pepsi, our napkins won't kill you....


See, now I am a Marketing guy too...
Better copyright that slogan. It's a winner!
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They do stink -- I agree -- it has become much worse recently.
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