Links for further information about Waste management, Legislation, products and environmental issues.
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Information related to misleading information and claims about Biodegradable and Compostable products:
Many businesses and organizations try to improve their environmental performance and image. However, some have been mislead by clever marketing and questionable scientific statements. As an ethical and environmentally focused company we are concerned about the confusion this kind of marketing has created. The links below will give you some basic knowledge about this problem.
Several manufacturer modify conventional polyethylene (PE) with additives and claim that their products are biodegradable or beneficial for nature. The technology they use, is to make the plastic material unstable by adding a small percentage of biodegradable material (e.g. starch) or by using additives which change the chemical structure of the plastic and makes it brittle under influence of e.g. Oxygen or UV. The bags/film will therefore break up into smaller fragments. This is not necessarily an advantage from an environmental point of view. The bags and film products made from this technology has not met international standards for compostable packaging (e.g. EN 13432). Read more about the background
What is so problematic about plastic in the environment?
Plastic in the environment is not only about littering. It is also about killing a lot of animals and changing ecosystems as well as being carriers of toxic substances.
This list of links should give you some background about the problem.