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How can we take plastics out of the ocean?

Literally you will find more plastic than marine animals in terms of weight in the world’s oceans by 2050, the World Economic Forum warned recently.

Plastic has become one of the world’s most popular matermaxresdefaultials, combining amazing functionality and very low production costs. Its use has increased 20-fold in the past 50 years and is expected to double again in the next 20 years.

Almost everybody in the world comes into contact with it — over a quarter of all plastic is used for packaging, the most popular use of the material.

But only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling.

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So how do we fix this? People all over the world are gathering to clean up beaches, while new technologies to remove plastics from the ocean are currently being developed. As the demand for plastics is set to double in the next two decades, we need to look at the root cause not just the symptoms, if we really want to solve the problem. To free our ocean from plastics, we have to fundamentally rethink the way we make, use and reuse plastics, so that they do not become waste in the first place.

To create a circular economy for plastics  – we need innovations in the form of better materials, clever product designs, and new, circular business models.

The Circular Materials  economy may make the ways to make all plastic packaging recyclable or composted.

Composting – Wise waste management.

A major issue facing modern society is waste management. More simply put, what should we do with the waste we produce? A growing emphasis has been placed on the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Composting provides a means of accomplishing all three of the R’s. Through composting the amount of garbage sent to the landfill is reduced, the organic matter is reused rather than dumped, and it is recycled into a useful soil amendment.

Natural ecosystems have a proven method of breaking down organic materials into a useful end-product: the decomposers found within the food chain break down nature’s organic waste and turn it into humus, the organic component of soil.

Composting is a way of harnessing the natural process of decomposition to speed up the decay of waste. The history of composting dates back to the history of early agriculture. Many find that composting is as much of an art as a science. Recent concern about managing wastes and producing food in an environmentally sound manner has led to a renewed interest in small-scale, backyard composting as well as an interest in developing large-scale, commercial and municipal composting systems.

Designing successful composting systems requires an understanding of certain biological, chemical, and physical processes such as the movement of air, uptake of carbon and nitrogen, and heat production and transfer.

Ecolife provides environmentally sustainable and cost effective organic waste management technologies. Ecolife provides design, equipment and commissioning for composting projects. The composting technologies promoted by Ecolife provides an environmentally sustainable solution to the organic waste problem faced in many countries. It is an environmentally sustainable solution in that it reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, processes this waste without polluting the soil, air or water, and provides an stable organic product that can be used to improve soil productivity and increase plant production. The nutrients in the compost and fertilizer products that are produced reduce the dependence on chemical fertilizer.


Ecolife composting technologies are climate change friendly achieved by reducing methane emission from landfills through diversion of the organic waste that would otherwise produce methane. The recycling of nutrients required by plants decreases the dependency on chemical fertilizers, the production of which is an energy intensive process..

Loyalk9 Chennai Pet food Packed in Biodegradable / Compostable packaging.

Consumers are paying close attention to where their pets’ food comes from—and what it’s packaged in. The pet food packaging segment is stepping up to meet the industry’s needs.

The idea of sustainability has permeated nearly every facet of business. The larger issues of climate change and concern for the environment have resulted in consumers looking more carefully than ever at their impact on the Earth, including what they buy, how they buy it and who they buy it from. The pet food industry is certainly not immune to the pressures of passing the sustainability test, and as manufacturers do their best to meet customer expectations, packaging companies are focusing on what they can do, both to help manufacturers meet their goals and to satisfy consumers with the results of their own products.

LoyalK9 manufactures holistic dog food. LoyalK9 is a Species Appropriate Diet for Dogs (SAD-D) made of hygienic ingredients (moist meat, bones, organs of farm animals, fresh vegetables and essential oils) graded for human consumption.

Loyalk9 packs their pet food in certified biodegradable / compostable material packaging material manufactured and supplied by Ecolife Chennai.

 

 

 

PLA Lined Paper Cups

PLA Paper Cups

Extensive changes in the manufacturing of paper and plastic have occurred over the past few decades. EPA figures indicate that paper manufacturing increased more than 300 percent from 1960 to 2013. The data for plastics present an even more startling contrast, with plastic generation increasing more than 7,000 percent during the same time period. More than 1 million tons of the paper generated in 2013 consisted of paper cups and plates, virtually all of which were discarded. More than 800,000 tons of plastic cups and plates were generated that same year, with most ending up in the trash.

PE Coating on paper is not compatible with end of life operations. The paper biodegrades leaving fine line PE to pose huge damage to Life on Earth. Replacing the PE with bio based and fully biodegradable PLA coatings offer the value proposition of a reduced material carbon footprint.

Our Cups offer safe water proofing, grease resistance and can be used for Hot Applications also.

✓    Suitable for hot and cold drinks.
✓    Sturdy
✓    PLA lining for easy composting.
✓    PLA Resin is ASTM D 6400 Certified.
✓    Manufacturing of PLA products take less energy than plastic products.
✓    PLA cups release less carbon  than traditional paper cups.
✓    Eco friendly.

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.”