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. Original
testing in 2006 in Europe gained the European Standard EN13432.
However retesting in 2011 undertaken by the Flinders University in
Adelaide (Australia) revealed that the bio-plastic was biodegradable
and compostable but not in the time frame as set by the regular
Standard Keeping Institutes.

Standard EN13432 has been used for marketing purposes of
bio-plastic products, consequently should not have been used, as
the time frame part couldn't been met. Products on this website
involved all have a code number starting with the letter G. As
mentioned, these products are biodegradable. More details at the
end of this page.
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.

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 way these bags are manufactured is as
follows:

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 to be avoided as much as possible, as they are the hardest to
decompose. The 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.
Now deliveries with electric vehicles, no carbon footprint ! Another
initiative for less damage to the environment. Please enquire.