The Challenge

  • Consumers are becoming increasingly more aware and demanding of environmentally responsible packaging.
  • Retailers such as Wal-Mart are demanding environmentally responsible packaging
  • Your competition is consistently trying to out-flank your brand


The Solution

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 Resins Provide:

Biodegradable Additive

Biodegradable Containers

Biodegradable Food Containers

Biodegradable Food Packaging

Biodegradable Packaging

Biodegradable Plastic Closures

Biodegradable Polymers

Biodegradable Water Bottles

Biodegradable Materials in Other Applications (just ask…)


Sample List of Materials We Can ANAEROBICALLY Biodegrade

Mono-LayerMulti-LayerLaminates
PPPP/EVOH/PPPS/EVOH/PE
PSPS/EVOH/PPPETG/EVOH/PE
HDPEPS/EVOH/PSPP/EVOH/PE
LDPEPS/EVOH/PEPS/PE
PETGPS/PVDC/PS
RPETGPS/PVDC/HDPE
SMAPS/PVDC/LDPE

* Sustainable has also performed projects with other manufacturers and users of other types of materials as well.

How our Biodegradable Properties are Superior than Others

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.

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How it Works

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.  


Ultimate Benefits 

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.

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