PRODUCT OVERVIEW - ABOUT ECO-ONE®
Most companies that make or use plastic products share our environmental concerns about the production and disposal of plastic. Everyone is looking for a solution that maintains the benefits of traditional plastics and yet reduces their company’s environmental footprint in a practical and cost-effective way. We have your solution.
Eco-One® is compatible with the following plastics:
PRODUCT BENEFITSEco-One® is 100% organic and non-starch based Eco-One® has proven methane off-gassing which allows it to be re-captured for energy Over 90% of plastics end up in landfills - biodegradation is enhanced in plastics with Eco-One® in biologically active landfills. Eco-One® additive is accepted by major national brands Products made with Eco-One® have been scientifically analyzed by 3rd party independent labs
PROCESSING/FINAL PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS
Eco-One® is easy to use and will run under existing processing conditions. Except for the simple step of adding in Eco-One®,the addition of this organic additive does not change the manufacturing process... just add approximately 1% Eco-One® into your production process (the same way you would add a color concentrate.) Products manufactured with Eco-One® have the same physical properties and tensile strength as those manufactured without this additive, hence, performing just as well in their intended applications and usage conditions. These attributes will last until the product is discarded into a biologically active landfill. Eco-One® only starts to work in this active environment by breaking down the plastic into inert humus, methane and carbon dioxide.
Per EPA reports, in 2008, approximately 30 million tons of plastic ended up in US landfills, 13 million of which was plastic containers and packaging. Almost all of this plastic will sit in landfills for hundreds if not thousands of years. How can this be prevented? How can we minimize landfill space?
From an environmental perspective, there are a number of issues surrounding other types of additives and resins. Both oxo-degradable and PLA products require an environment with oxygen, heat and moisture in order to begin breaking down. Neither of them truly breaks down in a landfill that does not have heat or moisture. Oxo-products are not recyclable and can leave behind harmful metals and chemicals in the polymer chain. PLA products are not recyclable and use up valuable food resources. Plastic products with Eco-One® in them will enhance biodegradation in biologically active landfills.
Check the fine print. These products claim biodegradability in terms of composting - not in landfills. (FAQ) The bottom line is most plastics, even the ones that can and should be recycled, end up in landfills. Our recycling rate has increased fivefold, yet 47% more trash ended up in landfills or incinerators in 2008 than in 1970. Something else to keep in mind is the small number of commercial composting sites for compostable plastics.
One of ECOLOGIC's primary goals is to clarify this ever-increasing confusion or "greenwashing" currently in the marketplace. Businesses and consumers need to be informed in order to make the right decisions today that will impact tomorrow's environment!