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PLA Non Woven sheet for sanitary & diaper wear.

It is the first of its kind for disposable sanitary wear & diaper wear with biodegradability. We supply PLA based Non woven sheet for surface layer.

  1. PLA fiber derived from renewable resources.
  2. Air permeation and odor removing due to its unique fiber structure.
  3. Breathable film.
  4. Completely non toxic.
  5. Certified.
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Coke plant bottle is Plant-astic

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coke plant bottle

coke plant bottle

coke plant bottle

Coca-Cola Produces World’s First 100% Plant-Based PET Bottle

Coca-Cola has produced the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials.

PlantBottle packaging is Coke’s plant-based alternative to packaging traditionally made from fossil fuels and other non-renewable materials. PlantBottle packaging uses patented technology that converts natural sugars found in plants into the ingredients for making PET plastic bottles. The packaging looks, functions and recycles like traditional PET.

PlantBottle packaging can be used for a variety of packaging sizes and across water, sparkling, juice and tea beverage brands. Today, the company uses sugarcane and waste from the sugarcane manufacturing process to create PlantBottle packaging.

Since the 2009 PlantBottle launch, Coke has distributed more than 35 billion bottles in nearly 40 countries using its current version of PlantBottle packaging, made from up to 30 percent plant-based materials. The company estimates the use of PlantBottle packaging since launch has helped save the equivalent annual emissions of more than 315,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

There is however hope: BIOPLASTICS

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biodegradable plastics

biodegradable plastics

biodegradable plastics

biodegradable plastic bag

biodegradable plastic bag

Plastics are everywhere. Hermitically sealed from your television set to the lining of the Tetra Pak in your fridge, it has crept into our modern lifestyle and clenched its fist. Plastics has enabled great industrial leaps (such as life-saving medical devices) and simplified everyday life, but it has come at a cost.

Traditionally made from non-renewable fossil fuels, plastic is considered to be non-biodegradable (it takes several hundreds of years to break down), which wreaks havoc on the environment. Sadly, every piece of plastic ever made still exists today in one form or another: in the gut of an albatross cadaver or as the small amount that has been incinerated and has become toxic particulate matter. And it’s been around for 150 years. Furthermore, plastics can harm human health by leaching potentially toxic chemicals such as PCBs, antimony, derivatives of polystyrene, Bisphenol A (BPA, a hormone-disrupting chemical), as well as estrogen.

The perils of persistence:-

The culprit is our behavior of littering. The problem stems from the fact that traditional plastic doesn’t biodegrade. Disposable plastics are the largest source of plastic pollution. They end up polluting ecosystems as whole and killing individual creatures one by one. Turtles mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish, fish trapped in plastic packaging – the evidence is undeniable. Even humans aren’t immune to accidental ingestion; as plastics break down into smaller and smaller particles, they end up being eaten by fish, and voilà, they enter our food chain.

When plastic particles are hit by the sun’s UV-light, higher doses of toxic chemicals and BPA are leached, which eventually enter our bodies. BPA, widely used in food containers, water bottles and baby bottles, can leach into food and has been detected in the blood of pregnant women and in the lactating mothers. This means that babies are born with BPA already circulating in them.

Most of us have by now heard of the enormous plastic wasteland circulating in the northern Pacific Ocean. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, discovered in the 1990s, is huge. Greenpeace estimates it to be roughly the size of the state of Texas, with six kilograms of plastic for every kilogram of natural plankton. Ocean and wind currents have carried pelagic plastic (and other debris) to rotate as one huge mass just below the surface. Similar gyres have also been found in the South Pacific, North and South Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, and minute particles abound in surrounding waters.

The oceans are not alone in becoming enormous plastic dumps. Deserts in the United Arab Emirates are collecting wind-blown garbage from Abu Dhabi, 19 per cent of which is plastic. Camels mistakenly ingest plastic bags; some estimate the death toll at 50 per cent of the natural population.

There is however hope in bioplastics, smart recycling and, most importantly, reducing consumption could ease the adverse effects.

From Fossil Fuel to Renewable Material:-

Making plastic begins with carbon from a fossil fuel such as petroleum. Therein lies problem number two: the depletion of fossil fuels. In an attempt to steer away from the use of non-renewable resources, biological sources such as vegetable fats and oils, starch and cellulose, or micro biota have started replacing them. Generally, this type of plastic is used for disposable items, but even long-lasting products can be obtained this way. The latter won’t biodegrade, but at least they are made from sustainable sources. The fact that disposable bioplastics can biodegrade also reduces the physical environmental burden.

Compared to petroleum-based plastic, this appears to the better alternative, though it opens a whole new discussion on the environmental effects of producing biodegradable and compostable plastics. The crops used for production need to be irrigated, fertilized, possibly treated with pesticides, transported, and processed. There also remains the reliance on petroleum to provide the energy to create bioplastics. Ideally, renewable energy could be used in most steps and agricultural by-products used instead of new crops specifically planted for this purpose.

But how well do these new plastics biodegrade? That depends on the polymer stability, temperature and available oxygen content. For a plastic to be labeled as biodegradable, it must meet the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) 17088, ASTM D 6400, EN 13432 & other international certifications definition of how quickly and to what extent a plastic must be degraded under commercial composting conditions. Most households can compost kitchen piles reducing the food waste to reach landfill.  Industrial composting units are needed to provide the tightly controlled conditions under which biodegradable plastics will effectively degrade into fine humous.

In general, it is considered that the production of bioplastics is more sustainable than conventional petroleum-derived plastics, mainly because it relies less on fossil fuels as a carbon source and results in reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Reducing disposable plastic consumption:-

Fortunately, the use of biodegradable plastic and recycling are on the rise.

Nonetheless, most plastic waste is still landfilled, downcycled, incinerated, or even exported to other countries. Recycling of plastic is costly and does not adequately stem the production of new plastic products. Shockingly, the demand for used bottles is now outstripping supply in some areas, and certain cynical suppliers are now buying new, unused bottles directly from bottle-producing companies to make polyester textile fibres that can be labelled as recycled.

The biggest impact consumers can easily make, in the end, is to reduce their overall consumption of disposable plastics. Next time you shop for groceries, bring your own linen or BIODEGRADABLE bags. When buying take-out food, bring your own container and cutlery. Can’t stay away from coffee? Bring your own mug to be refilled. Challenge yourself by opting for the “least plastic” alternative. Websites such as www.ECOLIFELLC.com offer a variety of products to help you succeed on your mission.

Restriction on single use plastics bags in Italy & France.

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Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute.

The European institutions have adopted a legislative proposal amending the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) that addresses the challenge of conventional single use plastics carrier bags consumption, and explicitly sanctions the actions of several member states that have already recognised the benefits of compostable bags.

Merchants must discontinue the use of traditional single-use plastic bags in favor of bioplastic bags or other compostable alternatives. The law prohibits the use of OXO Biodegradable additives and requires Italian merchants to only use compostable applications as defined by EN 13432 that Compostable resins comply with.

Criticism of the oxo-biodegradable plastic industry had been led by Danish Green MEP Margrete Auken who introduced the ban on oxy-biodegradable bags to the EC’s original 2013 legislation to reduce lightweight plastic bag consumption.

European Bioplastics chairman François de Bie said: “This is crucial, because it retroactively legalizes national legislation of Member States de Bielike Italy and France. Both states have recognized the benefits that are achievable with biodegradable and compostable shopping bags.”

Plastic bags clearly have a cost to society, one that is not yet fully paid. Reducing disposable bag use is one small part of the move from a throwaway economy to one based on the prudent use of resources, where materials are reused rather than designed for rapid obsolescence.

“These countries are pioneers in putting the decisive ecological advantages of such bags to good use. This means enhancing the separate collection of biowaste and thereby diverting it from landfill.”

Single Use Plastic – Do we really need them.

Plastic production comes at a high environmental and economic cost, yet it is still very cheap –and subsidized – in comparison with the alternatives. One of the results is the wide-spread use of single-use products, most of them made of plastic. Plastic bags are the best example of this practice.

From the design point of view it is quite stupid to use one of the most durable materials to produce the shortest lived products.

There is one thing we cannot deny and that’s the fact that people have been pretty careless in the use of conventional plastics around the world, endangering the natural environment around us. From plastics in landfills to the great pacific garbage patch, there are a number of ways we are actively destroying our environment and we often ignore the facts.

Biodegradable & Compostable Plastics

Products that come from nature, whether from plant, animals or minerals, will eventually return to their natural state, unlike man-made or synthetic products which will not. These will not degrade and will fill just litter the earth for centuries to come.

It is a good thing there is now a growing awareness to address this problem. Who would want to wake up in a world where trash outnumbered the people? The shift to eco-friendly products is not an easy one, and there is even a debate on the products that should be labeled as recyclable or not.

The future of the bioplastic industry is geared towards the use of organic materials that decomposes naturally. The resulting compost can now be used as an ideal soil conditioner thus eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers.

The most common applications of ecological products are in the manufacturing of tableware such as plates, bowls, cups and cutlery. To make sure that these products comply with the strictest compliance, you might want to check for the Biodegradable Product Institute or BPI logo. Nowadays bags , tableware can be made from corn resin and sugarcane pulp.

One can wonder why we don’t have a target of recycling 90 or 95% of the plastics when we know that they are all potentially recyclable but truth is that the different kinds of plastics and the many additives and toxics used make plastic recycling or composting difficult. Some ways to address this confusion can be:

–  Restrict the use the real biodegradable plastics for the purpose of food packaging so that they can be collected with the organic waste and properly composted,

–  Ensure quality recycling for the non-biodegradable plastics and promote design-for-recycling and not design-for-the-dump approach,

– Ban the use of oxo degradable plastics which only endanger recycling and composting.

Biodegradable Bags