Biodegradable Cutlery Saturday, Aug 9 2008 

Bioplastics are a form of plastics derived from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable oil, corn starch, pea starch or microbiota, rather than traditional plastics which are derived from petroleum. They are used either as a direct replacement for traditional plastics or as blends with traditional plastics. All bio-based and petroleum-based plastics are technically biodegradable, meaning they can be degraded by microbes under suitable conditions.

Biobased Cutlery

Biobased Cutlery

The utensils made out of this bio-based and biodegradable polymer resins are compostable.The materials made out of these resins are easy to handle and can withstand heavy heat by retaining its shape. It’s our duty to save our mother land, so help to save the environment by using high quality line of cutlery. Every year 40 billion polystyrene utensils are thrown into landfills. Using this biodegradable cutlery, allows you to convert your disposables to composable one. Biodegradable cutlery should pass all recognized tests of biodegradability and should meet the international standards for compostable plastics such as the ASTM D6400 and the DIN EN 13432 norm. There are few companies which offer this type of plastics and nature-tec is one among them. Natur-Tec , BM201S and BM201T can be used to injection mold parts for applications such as cutlery, hangers, containers and thermoforming for application of general consumer packaging.

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Eco-friendly Bags – Option to a safer Environment Friday, May 30 2008 

Plastic, paper and cotton bags are probably the easiest and cheapest options when it comes to containing and transporting foods, powders, ice, chemicals and even wastes. Billions of single-use plastic bags are distributed free of cost every day. These free single-use bags might seem to be of great advantage apparently, but as the old adage goes, nothing in this world comes for free. We pay heavily for using each of these bags with our environment and future. The disposal and littering of these bags also threatens the environment and the future of mankind and all living forms. These plastic bags are often disposed off into water or littered on land. Thousands of marine lives are put into danger due to this.

So we see that in-spite of the plastic beings ‘free’ of cost, there’s actually a major cost that needs to be paid indirectly and it threatens the mere existence of all living forms on the face of the earth. Mass movements are taking place all over the world in order to reduce the consumption of these plastic and paper bags due to their ill-effects on the environment. Luckily, though, we have seen the introduction of reusable, eco-friendly, environment safe and biodegradable bags on the market to substitute them. These bags are generally made of Polypropylene. They are simple to produce, strong and can be made of different weight or thickness depending on the intended use. Bags made of this durable material are water repellent and avoids bacteria and odor. They are not affected by chemicals or solvents and comply with FDA regulations.

The reusable, eco-friendly, compostable bags proves to be a perfect alternative to the toxic plastic or paper bags and should be adopted for a better, healthier and safer environment.