This material is inherently biodegradable. When given the right balance of environment and microbial presence it will biodegrade to carbon dioxide, water and mineralized natural biomass. The positive implications for animals and the natural environment are significant. As consumer packaging is on the increase in our increasingly online world, the harmful effects on the environment caused by littering can thereby be checked.
Additionally, this material gives the necessary functionality but offers two viable recycling options within existing industry-standard paper recovery processes: hot washing and re-pulping.
The two primary benefits include:
- Easier to recycle packaging: Currently, the plastics used to enhance the functionality of paper and paperboard are almost exclusively non-recoverable and non-recyclable.
- Easier to recycle multi-laminates: It can be used with another plastic to create a dual-layer barrier film with at least equivalent functional properties of a multi-layer film. Additionally, a simple hot water wash system can then remove its layer, enabling the other material to be cleanly separated and recycled.