Needles, spreaders and inoculating loops are important tools used in large numbers in clinical microbiology for a multitude of different tasks. Some of these tasks involve the planting and streaking of hundreds of urine specimens per day or the careful selection of suitable material for culture within tenacious samples such as sputum, pus, tissue or feces. The type and style of loop to be used depends on the particular task at hand. Microbiologists often have strong personal preferences as to which style they find most efficient and suited to a particular job. One fact is certain, there is no single multipurpose loop that covers all applications. Some Microbiologists prefer to use metal loops together with a bacteriological incinerator or Bunsen, allowing them to re-sterilize and re-use loops. Others prefer or need to use single-use, disposable plastic applicators. Planting and streaking specimens under the safety hood usually requires the use of plastic disposable loops. Plastic loops are also manufactured with different types of plastic material that impact the loops' rigidity or flexibility in order to meet different user preferences. Rigid plastic loops often work better for scraping or harvesting organisms from a slant or plate and for making stab cultures. Different tasks and preferences mean that many laboratories want to stock different types of loops. COPAN is unique because it offers both rigid and flexible loops to accommodate different users' preferences.