The planet is our home!
For this we must respect it and take care of it constantly. Eco-sustainability has become for us an ethical duty and a success factor!
Verniplast has been taking sides in favor of nature for many years, creating and devising eco-sustainable solutions that meet the needs of its partners.
The reasons that led to focus on eco-sustainability are:
- Very high demand for plastics
- High waste generated
- The “normal” plastic takes many years to degrade compared to the eco-sustainable one
Processing for eco-sustainability
To give a drastic change to these habits, we have chosen to invest in the research and development of materials that reduce these environmental damage and with great pride we can present some innovations in our processes in terms of eco-sustainability!
It is a particular plastic in which degradation occurs with the production of fragments of lower molecular weight thanks to the action of natural microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae. It was created in response to the EN ISO 472: 2013 and ASTM D 6400-04 standards which aim to raise awareness and limit pollution. And it is mainly composed of:
Biopolymers → are of vegetable origin such as starch, cellulose and lignin. They are produced through chemical polymerization that combines renewable raw materials with an industrial process.
Oxo-Bio → They are conventional polymers such as PE, PP and PET
What is its peculiarity?
Degradation occurs through the action of living microorganisms rather than by physical or chemical processes. Generally they are quite resistant but completely natural materials (wood, straw, branches), therefore their degradation is done at a natural level, or they are bio-assimilated in a biologically active soil, the duration can vary from 8-10 years.
It is a particular plastic in which the degradation process begins through a biological process forming CO2, water, inorganic compounds and biomass that leaves no toxic or visible residues.
But be careful not to confuse it with biodegradable because to be compostable it must biodegrade within 180 days.
What are the main differences?
Reduced physical properties (uncontrollable product life)
Higher energy costs for production
These innovations are not a point of arrival but they stimulate us towards an innovation that is increasingly going in the right direction, namely that of reducing plastic waste and thus eliminating it from the main problem of the environment.
Food packaging and eco-sustainability
Following the European regulations, Eco-Pet was born!
It consists of a transparent film composed mainly of recycled resin from plastic bottles. This substance is suitable for food and is essential to reduce the environmental impacts caused by plastic. It is a process that maintains the characteristics of the original Pet but which was created with a view to respecting our environment and consumers.