We´ve got the solution! Help us to fight plastic pollution in the fashion industry by using fully decomposable bags
We all know how detrimental plastic is to the planet, with a standard carrier bag taking up to 100 years or more depending on it´s thickness.
In the fashion industry each garment is packed in a clear polythene bag, (plastic) for transportation to the stores. Each and every garment in a plastic bag. And this plastic bag is then disposed of once it reaches the store. Now, consider the size of the garment industry, then think of how many polythene bags are ending up in landfill or in the ocean and taking 100 years to decompose.
But why am I telling you this? We all know by now, we know something has to change. And we have found the solution!
So, whats the solution? Using technology developed by Hydroplast, we have created a product which is a perfect replacement for the polythene bags. They are 100% biodegradeable in 6 months in water or landfill, they are available for mass production and the volumes are not prohibitive, starting with an MOQ of 5000 units per size. It is important to us that smaller brands also have access to a sustainable solution so we have made sure to make them available from 5000 units.
So what are the bags made of?
Hydroplast products utilise technological progress to combine the functional capabilities of conventional single use plastics but also offering a safe end of life, causing no harm to the environment. The polymer itself is not new, having been used for years in surgical stitches or laundry tablets, but the commercial production of multifunctional polyvinyl alcohol monolayers is the innovative factor.
The base polymer is polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) which is a refinery product originally derived from ethylene. Ethylene is converted to vinyl acetate (a very useful chemical, used as a base for many other polymers), which is then polymerised to polyvinyl acetate, and converted to polyvinyl alcohol.
The unique process here is to produce thermo-processable fully hydrolysed polyvinyl alcohol. This PVOH is unusual as a petro derived polymer in that it is hydrophilic (water liking) and has enhanced biodegradation properties. It is well documented as being biodegradable in aerobic (soil, compost, freshwater) and anaerobic (sewerage, some landfills) conditions.
It is important to note that while the current base PVOH polymers are derived from petro refining, the switch to bio-based PVOH, such as from cellulose is imminent. There is no significant manufacturing of the bio-based version due to demand. But as demand grows, the life cycle of our Hydroplast products become more and more renewable.
Get in touch with us for further details! It doesn´t matter if you are a client or not, we want to get as many polythene bags out of fashion production as possible.