There is 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste on Earth and every year, 10 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans…
Across the web, there are heart-breaking videos of the damage that regular plastics cause to our planet, the environment and its wildlife; looking at the data, it’s hard to come to a different conclusion. It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050.
The major problem with plastic is that it takes an extremely long time for it to break down; so long in fact, there is no exact time frame for how much time it takes for plastic to be consumed by the earth.
For every 100m of British beach, there are over 200 plastic or polystyrene items that aren’t being broken down like other materials would when exposed to the elements.
We are all looking for new ways to improve the environment and decrease our carbon footprint. New research and ideas are being developed every single day, with more people being conscious of their own impact to the environment much more than they used too.
Allow Premier Print & Promotions to introduce the impressive idea to help improve our environment: Biodegradable Plastic
Biodegradable plastics use alternative methods and chemical reactions to break down the material once it is exposed to the elements. This technology offers a number of advantages over traditional plastic materials.
So, what’s the process? Suppliers receive the recyclable plastic product; mainly yoghurt pots, drinking cups, internal parts of fridges and other less glamorous sounding products, then they wash it, process it, heat the plastic to a molten state and transform it into something resembling spaghetti, this is then chopped up into fine granules and given to manufacturers.
An additive called Bio-Plas can be added to the plastic in the moulding process making it biodegradable. The revolutionary additive technology renders the finished plastic products biodegradable while maintaining their other desired characteristics.
What are the lasting effects when adding bio-plas to plastic products?
• Fully biodegrade wherever they are disposed of:
o In Landfills.
o In Compost.
o Buried in the ground or littered.
o Agricultural and erosion-control settings.
• Can be made with recycled resins.
• Do not use heat, light or mechanical stress to break them down.
• Do not require special handling.
• Do not contain heavy metals.
What does this mean?
Less Pollution – Manufacturing biodegradable consumer products produces far less pollution.
No Toxic Agents or Allergens – Most of the biodegradable products contain zero allergens.
Recyclable – We can easily recycle the biodegradable products. Discarded biodegradable products can be collected and then broken down into its basic components.
How can Premier Print & Promotions help? Well, we have a wealth of knowledge on products to reduce your company’s impact on the environment, we can show you how eco products can give you a better ROI.
Premier Print & Promotions have been promoting their Eco-Friendly such as the Maxi Eco Sweet Pots and UK made products in an attempt to get other companies to be more aware of their impact. Using biodegradable and UK made promotional gifts not only have a colossal impact on the British economy but are an important factor in the fight to help the environment by reducing shipping and using recycled/biodegradable materials.
…Let’s make an impact, let’s start using more biodegradable products.
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All facts and figures credit: http://advances.sciencemag.org