Packing materials, from antimicrobial food packaging through to cosmetics, general grocery items, building products, and everything in between, touch our daily lives. Everything seems to come in packaging these days and overtime, the waste produced has harmed the environment. The impacts are more pronounced when it comes to plastic waste in our rivers and oceans, and on climate change.
Non-recyclable packaging waste such as traditional single-use plastic bags also ends up in landfills and in some instances, the packaging materials never decompose. The following are examples of the estimated length of time it takes for some traditional items made from plastic materials to break down. The list includes:
- Single-use plastic bags: 10-20 years
- Plastic lined coffee cup: 20-30 years
- Plastic cups: 450 years
- Plastic drink bottles: 450 years
- Plastic straws: 200 years
For a green future for the planet, choosing alternatives such as Biogone’s landfill-biodegradable packaging products is crucial.
Biogone was founded by eco-conscious people, Ross & Ramona Headifen and John Mancarella to provide the public with a smarter, and more environmentally safe alternative to traditional disposable plastics.
What Packaging Materials Are Biodegradable?
There are various kinds of biodegradable materials used for packaging and each offers a different degree of biodegradability and specific conditions to break down. At Biogone, we provide landfill-biodegradable packaging materials which are based on the premise that most biodegradable plastic will end up in landfills – thus, this is a more sustainable alternative that doesn’t require changes to consumer habits.
The only requirements for our packaging materials to biodegrade are based on the presence of (and exposure to) a microbe rich environment – which is always the case within landfills. Biogone stands as one of the leading alternative packaging material manufacturers that produce landfill biodegradable packaging. We use a unique, formulated, patented additive in our packaging to allow biodegradation in landfills that ensure these biodegradable materials are broken down over time.
Other biodegradable materials used for packaging include alternative biodegradable products such as palm leaves, sugar mulch, reeds and other fibres. There’s also paper/cardboard and cornstarch (commonly used as packaging ‘peanuts’ for posted items).
At Biogone Plastics, we use a patented additive in the manufacture of our disposable packaging and products to make them biodegradable in a landfill.
The plastics decompose in an appropriate landfill faster than traditional plastics that have an indefinite life-span.
Biodegradable Packaging Materials Experiments
Biodegradable packaging materials have been the subject of numerous experiments worldwide. In line with a global push towards ridding the planet of environmentally damaging plastic and plastic waste, there have been various biodegradable packaging materials experiments conducted to find new solutions. At Biogone, we realised the limitations of other plastic alternatives. Specifically, they required more effort from consumers to dispose responsibly. Knowing most of our rubbish ends up in landfills, we’ve modified materials in packaging to allow them to be landfill-biodegradable. So, Biogone’s range of products can be used and disposed of like any other traditional plastic, but offers benefits in being able to break down in landfills within a matter of a few years.
Our research has produced modified biodegradable plastics that have made green choices more convenient. We offer biodegradable packaging materials for food, dog waste bags, bin liners, gloves, as well as many other applications in commercial settings.
Allow your business to showcase ethical and sustainable practices to your consumers using Biogone’s range of landfill biodegradable packaging products.
Biodegradable Materials for Food Packaging Applications
Many companies are jumping on board the green movement and producing biodegradable materials for food packaging applications. The use of biodegradable packaging materials for liquids, biodegradable straws, cutlery and food packaging is growing fast. These are perfect for caterers servicing weddings, parties and festivals and for takeaways, coffee shops and cafes.
Some biodegradable materials for food packaging applications include zip-lock bags, paper straws, plastic jars, bin liners, and all types of packaging including for postage, deliveries, and more.
Browse our entire range of landfill-biodegradable packaging options at Biogone today.