On the other day, one of our staff browsed the internet and surprising, we found this (http://www.carbon-clear.com/apps/nh/eicalculator.php?lang=en_ES&idc=1) the carbon calculator from a hotel chain, which is NH Hotel chain, the most fast growing hotel chains on the world that creats a lot of excitement for the customers. Guess what, we found their green initiatives right at the hotel room, they are all biodegradable and made with d2w controlled-life plastic technology (know more about d2w).
This week the hotel chain, with just shy of 400 hotels across Europe, the Americas, and Africa, will announce its intent to have suppliers switch from standard thermoplastics to ones loaded with a special additive that causes thermoplastics to oxo-biodegrade at a controlled rate.
NH Hoteles, based in Spain, has 399 hotels with over 60,000 rooms in 24 countries across Europe, America, and Africa.
What's the benefit of switching to oxo biodegradable packaging?
- It's too expensive and not feasible to go compostable, bio-based, or ASTM D 6400 compliant biodegradable, and oxo biodegradable is the only affordable choice for the fast growing hotel group.
- NH hotel convert their lawndry bags and shampoo bottles, bath gel bottles all to oxo biodegradable - this is the first green initiative ever in Europe to go green and at the same time, the news update is spreading all over the world through the oxo biodegradable distributors and this increase the awareness of NH Hotel in Asia and in the US.
- Marriot has also converted its "lawndry" bags to oxo biodegradable and we hope to help more business (hotel, restaurant, airlines) to convert all their disposable packaging to oxo biodegradable.
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Everytime when we shop in grocery stores and supermarkets, we see consumers looking for better products, lower price and smart buy. Better products are products that are produced with better quality or higher value; lower price means competitively priced, and smart buy means you make the right choice. But how can consumers find our go green products. This is a problem because sometimes the retailers tend to charge too high and that freak out some good manufacturers, as they have to spend too much money on advertising, giving commissions to marketers, and make the products with lower cost materials, sometimes it's not good to making things moving to improve our world. But this is what what we want, as a marketer of our brands, we try everything we can to produce "best product", "low cost leadership", and "creativity". Sometimes, copycat is not going to make consumers pay attention to, so in order to reach our consumers, we have treid everything we can to reach our target customers. For example:
- cost leadership: we price our products at 20~25% lower than oour competitors, we save some marketing cost and give rebate directly to customers
- quality leadership: we set up our own test facility and quality control systems for degradable plastic products, we do not just add "addtive technology", in order to make sure all our products are 100% degradable and having controlled safe service life, we test everything before we make them commercialized and having a professional service team to facus on improving product quality especially devoting resource on carbon footprint reduction
- green showroom: we understand logistic also cost money and a lot of energy, instead of sending samples and inviting people to visit to touch our products, smell them, and test them, we invite customers to visit our green showroom anytime and we use social media to interact with our customers whenever they need.
We are still waiting for our dreams to come true for the first retailer to adpot our products on their shelf.
3R: reuse, reduce, recycle: this is a well-known environment topics, recycling and saving the earth's precious resources.
Reuse: Many items can be used for different purposes. So before you throw items away, everyone should think about how these items can be reused. For example, reuse retail carrier bags as bin liners; send the old stuffs to any of your friend or family that may need them; reuse the drink glass as plant jar; reuse the scratch paper again and stape them together for personal organizer purpose.
Reduce: some people tend to be too wasteful, when you can use one to do the job, why some people use two? reduce is important and is part of the courtesy of chinese and japanese culture that we should cherish what we have and reduce the garbages and reuse stuffs again and again, and reduce the way to consume earth resources.
Recycle: how to properly recycle stuffs, everyone should try to understand how to best rexcycle stuffs and comply to community recycling activities and policies. It is just a habit to make that everyone should at least give it at try to improve the way we live. Some of the people create a lot of garbages, but if they can learn to recycle them, then we will have more recycled material source for our life.
oxo biodegradable plastic products can be reused, recycled and also reduce plastic waste.
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After reading this, we now have a better understanding why it is important to include post consumer recycled contents to our plastic bag making. It is kind of tricky because actually the more recycled content we put in the plastic bag, the thickner we have to make the bag due to the recycled plastic is not as stong as virgin plastic resin. So, worth to read this article to understand how it works and what really benefit the environment and eligible for get the LEED award.
Recycled-Content Plastic Trashcan Liners
Specify the procurement of plastic trash can liners that meet the recycled-content requirements of the EPA guidelines, which require that liners have a minimum 10% postconsumer recycled content. Where possible, purchase locally manufactured recycled content liners to support the local recycling market and reduce transportation costs. When selecting trashcan liners, ensure that the liner is the correct size for the receptacle and of appropriate thickness. Consider using trashcan liners made from bio-based or renewable materials, or completely eliminate the use of trashcan liners to reduce plastic consumption and waste. If biodegradable or compostable liners are used, working with local recycling and waste-handling services will help ensure that bags are composted or disposed of so that they biodegrade in the landfill.
A frequently asked question about " biodegradable plastics and green products ", is it really so expensive, can't someone just invent something that is affordable for everyday use - this may quite reflects what a lot of eco consumers's mind, come'on, I rather use a reusable bag tote, recycled plastics, resuable shopping bags, instead buying something that claims " biodegradable ", " corn starch ", " oxo biodegradable", or anything too green to be true. 3R is about reuse, reduce, recycle, why do I need a " biodegradable " bag, which is much more expensive, and less strength, and smells funny? By the way, I need to explain to you something you may not know, reuse is certainly better than recycle, because recycling needs:
- Transportation to a recycling centre (burning fuel)
- Energy, water and chemicals to reprocess it
- The quality of the recycled plastic at times may be of lower quality due to contamination with different plastics
I used to have the similiar mindset, like I always carry a green reusable tote when I shop is costco or BJ's since they do not offer a bag and carton boxes just not going to help me much if I am going to shop alone and no one helps me to move the carton up to the car - so heavy, I rather just bring a few reusable and strong bags that can help me to seperate and organize stuffs apart... but things are changing now, I see a lot of " biodegradable 13G tall kitchen bag ", " biodegradable cutleries", and " biodegradable dog waste bags " on the market, and some of them are really really expensive, twice more expensive than ordinary plastic bags, can I really afford it? They are definately not an affordable and conscious choice for everyday, because people may choose to use them in special occassions, like world environmental day, earther day... but not every household will be bothered to pay such high premium for the bags that they use everyday disposable (a waste of money) and these bags go to landfill, but not compost (I'll share with everyone about "compostable bags", but you can check here if this is not too technical for you).
MY PERSONAL OPINION:
- biodegradable and compostable bags are more expensive - they are good for industrial compost, but other than that, they will not degrade when they were thrown to the ocean by someone (maybe he/she doesn't mean it, just the little baby does it)
- oxo biodegradable/controll life bags can be self constructed after the safe service life - they are not good for compost, but other than that, they will degrade as long as there is oxygen, means in the river, ocean, school, roads, on the tree, they will be 100% degrade to water, CO2, and biomass.
- cost, biodegradable compostable bags are twice more expensive and oxo biodegradable controlled life bags are only 15~20% more - commercially affordable, just like an insurance premium for our environment, why not? And the cost should be paid by the brands, retailer, manufacturer, not consumers.
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.