EDEN ECO PRODUCTS Ltd
NEWSLETTER
Message regarding biodegradability and compostability of
products/disposables imported and marketed by EDEN Eco
Products Ltd.

Items in stock are made from bagasse material like sugarcane fiber,
made from cornstarch coated paper, made from solid cornstarch,
other starches or bio-plastic.

Any of these materials needs a micro-life environment for
decomposing.
The bagasse materials and paper take just a couple of months to
decompose, starch related materials up to 16 months and bio-plastic
even up to three years. Commercial recyclers will shorten these
periods.
The bio-plastic bags are available in New Zealand since year 2009, a
cheaper and stronger alternative for cornstarch bags.
Not suitable
for home composting. Nevertheless the actual G-coded bags have
now a new certification. Please ask for a copy of this document.
EDEN ECO PRODUCTS Ltd supplier of the Master Games 2013 in Wanganui

INFO REGARDING BIODEGRADABILITY OF DIVERSE MATERIALS

Biodegradable products need a biologically active environment. The microbial environment will initiate and fulfill the degradation process.
Composting in your backyard is not always satisfactory, as some products require specific conditions. Easy in the compostheap are the sugarcane and palm
fibre products, 2-6 months, while bioplastics can take up to 3 years under ideal commercial conditions.

EDEN Eco Products Ltd offers fully biodegradable products. Sourced from natural ingredients, and as such, accepted by "Mother Earth" for recycling. The
PLA pellets from corn products, lactic acid fermented from plant sugars, have been tested on GMO (genetically modified organisms) and showed a negative
result. Raw material for cups supplied by global supplier NatureWorksLLC, www.natureworksllc.com.
The popular starch bags in stock are from 100% biodegradable starch resin. Resins manufactured in Europe. Composting certified by AIB Vincotte
International in Belgium.

Due to jumping prices of cornstarch resin raw material, a new development brings aswell oil derived plastic, 100% biodegradable. Compostable plastic is
plastic capable of undergoing biological decomposition, as such breaking down to biomass, carbon dioxide and water, not leaving any toxic residues.
Ample info about biodegradable products by going to search engine Google entering the words PLA, Mater-Bi, NatureWorksLLC, cornstarch, biodegradable
plastics and the Standard nrs mentioned below.
Compostable Standards are set by American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM, www.astm.org), European Standardization Committee (CEN) and
International Standards Organization (ISO).
Commonly registered certificate nrs are  ASTM 6400, ISO 14855 and EN13432.
Bowls and containers, also the bags are food graded for storage of food.

Please note that any
biodegradable material, whether cornstarch, sugarcanefibre, wheatfibre, bioplastic, palmfibre or grassfibre, none of them can be
recycled together with "real" plastics. Commercial recyclers know how to deal with this. If the recyclers don't want the alternative plastics, best option is then
taking the goods to the landfill, where it will decompose due time. If an item is 'home compostable, still will take longer than paper or kitchen waste.

Note: REFUSE (any artificial material), REDUCE (any artificial material as much as possible, including clothing and fabric shopping bags) and REUSE (good
quality products will last in stead of buying single-use products).:

The bioplastic bags are made from a mixture of PE (plastic) resin pellets and biodegradable pellets which are made from natural plant fibres, like bamboo
leaves, corn leaves etc. depending on what crops are harvested during different times of the year.
The plastic pellets and plant fibre pellets are mixed at the bag factory in very large mixers.
This mixture is then fed into the hopper of the bag machines, where they are melted at very high temperatures. This causes the plant fibre pellets and plastic
pellets to become mixed and fused together from which the bags are blown into a tube, which go over a roller to flatten them out, and from these rolls, the
bags are printed with biodegradable ink made from soy beans etc., and then cut to the required shape and size.

Conclusion: All product codes on this website starting with the letter G as are the hardest to decompose.
Not suitable for home composting, but fully
biodegradable. Please ask a copy of the certification.
The bioplastic is mainly an oil product, Positive news now is that the 3 smallest bioplastic produce bag
are now available in cornstarch! Don't hesitate to contact the office for any query. Following link reveals the contents of the law about details of the single-use
of PLASTIC bag
s.


https://www.pce.parliament.nz/publications/biodegradable-and-compostable-plastics-in-the-environment/biodegradable-and-compostable-plastics-in-the-environment
Now deliveries with electric vehicles, no carbon footprint ! Another
initiative for less damage to the environment. Please enquire.