Oxo-degradable additive firm Symphony Environmental has signed a 25-year distribution agreement with Symphony Environmental USA for its d2w and d2p additives.
Symphony Environmental, which operates in 92 countries through 63 distributors, said that this deal was a major milestone for the firm.
The core of Symphony’s business is a suite of chemical formulations called d2w, which breaks down plastic into tiny molecules at the end of its life and eventually biodegrades completely.
Under the deal, Symphony Environmental USA will exclusively distribute and market Symphony’s d2w and d2p additives in the USA. Both firms are also planning a major joint press relations campaign throughout the US.
Symphony chief executive Michael Laurier said: “We are delighted to announce the signing of the US distribution agreement covering an important new market for Symphony and are pleased to have negotiated a long-term commitment from our chosen distribution partner.”
Symphony Environmental USA chief executive Tim Murtaugh added: “We are excited to become members of Symphony’s worldwide distribution network and are planning to invest substantial funds and effort in order to promote Symphony’s technologies in the US.”
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Import oxo biodegradable d2w products to USA
Sometimes green products need to create and add extra value, surprises to consumers, not just green, but need to be "something different" and "cool". We see a lot of great examples of oxo biodegradable bags in USA (CVS earth essential, Perf Go Green, Bags on Board, Out, and some home brands in Sam's Club ), here we would like to share with you one of those that create the most excitement to consumers. (more successful stories)
EZ Bagz are "Cradle to CradleSM" certified, a classification used to describe environmentally-intelligent designs using materials that, once utilized, can be disposed of in any natural environment and decompose into the soil, providing food for small life forms without affecting the natural environment. Biodegradability of Degradable Plastics has been tested and proven to comply with ISO14855 standard defined as "Determination of the ultimate aerobic biodegradability and disintegration of plastic material under controlled composting conditions - Method by analysis of evolved carbon dioxide."
EZ Bagz are there when you need them!
Instead of having to replace a trash bag each time one is removed, EZ Bagz offers a convenient solution by nesting 12 bags into one thoughtfully engineered unit. Secured with an EZ Fit™ elastic flex band, the 12-bag pack stays put in your trash container while you remove each top bag, leaving a fresh bag ready to use immediately. No more worries about finding a bare trash container when you want to throw something away - EZ Bagz are always there when you need them!
The EZ Bagz system is internationally patented* and received the “Product of the Year” award at the annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Show. EZ Bagz has also been named a finalist in the 2010 Housewares Design Awards competition.
*US and Foreign Patents #7,080,750 and #6,102,239
EZ Bagz are affordable! Priced right because of our revolutionary patented manufacturing process, EZ Bagz are the most affordable truly eco-friendly trash bags available on the market today. When you factor in the added convenience of EZ Bagz, the value is heads above the competition.
- This is what the oxo biodegradable world claim:
The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association exists to provide information to encourage greater understanding of oxo-biodegradable plastic technology and the role it can play in protecting the environment for future generations. The Association continues to grow - it now has 87 members in 72 countries. Members are manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and commercial end-users of oxo-biodegradable plastic. It is proud to have on its Scientific Advisory Board some of the world's most distinguished experts in this field of chemistry. Oxo-biodegradable plastic technology provides the safest, most cost-effective method of degrading plastic, with control over the degradation time.
- This is what the hydro biodegradable / compostable world claim:
BioBag products are BPI certified to meet the ASTM D 6400 specification.
When it comes to making marketing claims regarding a product's biodegradable or compostable attributes, the ASTM D 6400 is the industry's gold standard. The ASTM D 6400 is the North American equivalent of the European EN 13432. Both specifications require that biodegradable products completely decompose in a composting setting in a specific time frame, leaving no harmful residues behind.
It is important to note that the ASTM D 6400 is an ASTM specification, meaning specific results must be attained to receive certification. Some manufacturers, who have not met the ASTM D 6400 specification, may reference other ASTM standards to promote their products. Usually, these companies will reference the ASTM 6954 or the ISO 14855 as proof that they have surpassed some standard for biodegradation. In fact, the ASTM 6954 and the ISO 14855 are standard procedures to be followed for conducting tests and have no pass/fail requirements for heavy metal content or a product's ability to disintegrate.
The ASTM D 6400 is currently the ultimate test for a biodegradable product's ability to decompose in ideal composting conditions. Think about it. If a product can't "go away" after being ground up, tumbled, heated to 165 degrees, and placed in the optimum setting for decomposition, a well-run composting site, would it meet most consumers beliefs of what a biodegradable product should be?
Because of the number of unsubstantiated claims in the marketplace, the State of California (see California Law) enacted into law a requirement that products sold in California must meet the ASTM D 6400 specification to claim any "biodegradable qualities." In fact, the state now requires the word "compostable" to be used to define a product's ability to decompose.
Actually, both parties are correct and are reasonable to promote the best benefit of the technology to serve the purpose of the green products:
When do we need oxo biodegradable/ oxo degradable:
- if the bag is not going to end in compost, then we want it to degrade faster, instead of leaving in landfill, ocean, mountains for more than 400 years.
- if the bag need strength and factory cannot change the process, but really need an alternative to go green or become greener.
- if the bag is going to end in compost, for example to tailor to local compost program, to make compost food waste into organic energy, then oxo biodegradable supplier should make consumer 100% understand the oxo bags cannot be used to serve the compost purpose
When do we need hydro/ compostable plastics:
- if the product is going to compost facility for sure, then the compost bag will be required to meet the local compost regulations (for example, in California) - fit the purpose
- but if the product is not going to be disposed in "compost", since compostable bags will not degrade in non-compostable environment, so it will become a pollution too, some compostable product supplier need to stress for consumer's understanding and really make compost bags fit the purpose.
Besides from compostable plastics, oxo biodegradable plastics, there is also "degradable plastics" which only make plastics to break down into small flakes and pieces due to the material is only design to break down into small pieces without changing the material structure, without transforming the material into bio-assimilated materials. So, it's very important to consumers to look at the product packaging for details whether the bags are made by certified technologies
, proven test results, and endorsed by recognized organization that support the technology from professional and knowledgable advisory board.
Working as a marketing leader in a GO GREEN company (J-Trend Systems, Inc.) is not always easy, because everytime when a customer complains to me, "why it's so hard to go green; what's the benefit of GO GREEN, why do I need to spend more", I am getting a bit upset and now after so many times, I have been working with my team and people to devote time to think about how to "be innovative" and "go green", and at the same time, achieve cost saving = low cost leadership. This is what my mom told me, the good products need to be greener, cheaper, and better to use.
Here is our rule:
- material reduction, when thinner can get things done, why do we need to make it so thick? When stronger can make customers happy, why not we make customer happier?
- intelligent plastics, when we understand this plastic might not be disposed properly and might take a very long time to degrade in landfill, why not we make it degrade fast and save our earth and save the ocean animals?
- reduce packging and printing, we never over packaging and over printing. If we can get things done with one colour printing, why use two colours? And, we only use water printing ink, eco friendly.
- reduce logistic carbon footprint, logistic sometimes cost a lot of carbon footprint, so we manage to reduce the chances of sending unnecessary samples and use high tech multimedia technology, like Skype to contact conference call and exchange samples through video transmission - direct and much more interactive.
Of course, more development on our innovative low cost products are still under progress and we pull an effort to get things done through green consumers from all over the world, please feel free to write to us, and let's work together for the best GO GREEN products. BRAVO!!!
It is ia great news for plastic bag industry, since plastic bank has been an issue that everyone concerns - reduce plastic bags, reuse them, and recycled them, but what's the points to ban plastic if there is not an avaliable green technology that can replace disposable plastics, ban plastic is a meaningless approach that make the total plastic industry shock and don't know what and how to follow the green policy to move on for a greener world.
California´s plastic bag ban fails in state senate 14-21 Sept. 1 -- California´s plastic bag ban, which would have banned single-use plastic bags from retail outlets in the state, has failed in the state senate by a vote of 14-21. The bill, AB 1998, garnered support from environmental groups and was called a hidden tax on consumers by the American Chemistry Council. "We congratulate Senate members for discarding a costly bill that provides no real solutions to California´s litter problem and would have further jeopardized California´s already strained economy," said Tim Shestek, senior director of State Affairs for the American Chemistry Council. "Plastic bag makers look forward to working with grocers, legislators and environmental groups to develop workable, effective legislation that enables consumer choice, promotes recycling education and encourages a healthy environment and economy," Shestek said. The ACC worked towards the measure´s defeat. Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste, one of the organizations championing the bill, thanked the group´s supporters in an email message. "We gave this bill our all -- thanks to all of you who supported our efforts," said Murray. The organization´s efforts aren´t over, however. He said CAW would be moving from a state to a local initiative. "Los Angeles County, Santa Monica, San Jose, Berkeley and many other cities and counties have announced they will soon ban plastic bags. CAW will be advocating in the coming months to enact these and other plastic bag bans at the local level." Contact Waste & Recycling News reporter Amanda Smith-Teutsch at 330-865-6166 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We always wish to share with more households and friends about the solution for plastics waste and we need to take a positive position to face it and speak out what we think to improve our life and save the earth. A frequently asked question, if we can recycle plastics, why we need to make them degradable, and since we can resue them again and again, and actually we are pretty "organic" , we use cotton, jute, and plant based materials, why we need to care about disposable plastics which are something we have not considered to use them in our everyday life. But can you think again, have you really not using any plastics? here are some simple questions to help you evaluate the impact you might have for the earth that associate with disposable plastics:
- does your organic food need packaging? when you shop in WHOLEFOOD? are they not in plastics? how about the organic veggie or fruit? (this is the biggest chain store supermarket that specialised selling healty and organic liftstyle in the US)
- do you use any garbage bags? 13 gallon tall kitchen bags? are they not made from plastics?
- do you use any ziplock or hefty gallon freezer bags? are they not in plastics?
- do you usually "reuse" disposable plastic products or plastic packaging? it will be easy for us to use retail carrier bags for garbage bag, but no one is going to use again the produce bags that we use them in the supermarket since they are usually topped with a some fingerprints and may not be so clean.
- how about the dog poop pbag/ dog waste bags? are they not made with plastics?
If we admit we do use plastics, we actually cannot keep us away from them, whereever you go, there is always plastic packaging, some are actually in paper packaging (but guess what? these paper also laminated with the plastic film). Thus, we have to consider how if these plastic garbages are thown away in the ocean or not been collected into the usual disposal stram, such as inciniration, landfill and recycle. The solution is, we need to make sure they will decompose and leave no harmful residue in our environment - and most importantly, they have to be priced right and affordable, because no one is going to use expensive disposable plastics every day.
This is our newst video sharing posted on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. We wish to share with our customers about how we started this green business. We wish to provide an alternative and solution to the plastics that get into the environment, such as ocean, roads, rivers, and forest. Has anyone thought of even if you make the bag "biodegradable", it is not going to resolve the plastic pollution. Reason 1, the plastic bags that were thrown into the ocean and leaving in the environment uncollected will just be there; Reason 2, biodegradable or the compostable bags will not self construct naturally, they have to be moved to the compost facilities which is irrelevant to the disposable items leaving and flowing on the ocean.
Making the plastic self construct to protect our environment and anaimals, this concept is quite self-explainatory, because it is like getting an insurance for the disposable bags, containers, and cups we use. How if, how if, they do not get into the conventional disposal stream, such as recycling, inciniration, compost, and landfill - they will still break down into small fragments, and then become a totally different structure that can be bio-assimilated. Some of my friends and family concern about will they be still strong and durable to use. Definately yes, before they start to decompose, they are just as strong as ordinary plastics you use everyday and you see in every type of products that require packaging.