Sustainable Lifestyle Brands offers a class of biodegradable resins that do not biodegrade items themselves, but allow for the attraction of specific types of microbes to degrade materials once placed in a landfill environment. The resins are easily added during the manufacturing process of various materials and do not typically change the normal manufacturing process and will not effect equipment. Sustainable has conducted and managed biodegradable resins into several product-lines with various companies. Projects and applications completed include consumer and industrial products such as adhesives, industrial bags, polyethylene and polyurethane, plastic bottles, various other plastics apparatus, and more.
Biodegradable Food Containers
Biodegradable Food Packaging
Biodegradable Plastic Closures
Biodegradable Water Bottles
Biodegradable Materials in Other Applications (just ask…)
There are many differences between all the biodegradable technologies including the affect of oxygen, light, heat, moisture, stress, and shelf life. However, the most important difference is that only our biodegradable technology allows for biodegradation in an anaerobic environment, which means that it will biodegrade in a landfill no matter how deep it is buried. None of the other biodegradable technologies will biodegrade in a landfill, and most will begin deterioration on the shelf within a few months. View the chart below to compare.
The technology behind our biodegradable resin is microbiodegradation. This technology is also in the form of an additive which is added to existing polymers. Organic compounds are used to open the polymer chain and attractants stimulate microbial colonization on the plastic or material. When these materials are placed in a microbial environment the additive attracts specific microbes which digest the entire polymer, leaving behind inert humus (soil) and CO2 or bio-gas. Because the polymer chain is open, the micro organisms can use the carbon chain as a source of food and energy which all happens at the atomic level. It is also important to note that this process activates with or without the presence of air, light or heat and will take place no matter how deep the material is buried. This type of plastic can also be recycled in the normal way.
The global benefits of our system go beyond our industry and individual benefits of getting rid of the waste. The bio-degradation of waste in the landfill produces methane gas which in turn can be captured and re-harvested for energy creation. This process is an increasing global strategy. Our bio-degradation system enhances this process through optimal bio-degradation timing of two years for most products and material waste. Below is an example from Waste Management on how this process works. Go to their website for more understanding on bioreactor landfills.