Biodegradable film cuts material use, manufacturer claims

By Ahmed ElAmin

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A biodegradable packaging film uses 25 per cent less material than
most food wraps currently being used for meat and poultry,
according to the manufacturer.

Diamant Art Corp. said the reduction in material also speeds up the degradation of the packaging film, providing an alternative to companies increasingly under pressure to reduce the environmental impact of their products. Canada-based Diamant said a study by an environmental agency, Epic, found that scientific research has demonstrated that very little biodegrades in modern sanitary landfills. Epic also noted that EU waste legislation aims to reduce the quantity of biodegradable materials permitted to go to landfills. "The solution to the landfill 'crunch' is quickly becoming evident with a greater reliance upon integrated resource management strategies such as source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and the safe recovery of energy from garbage," Diamant said. The company claims that companies replacing PVC with Diamant's films, material usage is cut by a quarter. PVC has a density of 1.25 compared to Diamant's wrap. "With global retailers like WalMart, publicizing their desire to conform their standards to ecologically friendly solutions as awareness is increased, we are very well positioned to be at the forefront of this rapidly evolving marketplace,"​ stated chief executive officer and president, Stefan Gudmundsson. Diamant Film's biodegradable films uses a special additive. Unlike other plastic, once biodegrading is complete, all that remains is carbon dioxide, water and biomass, the company stated.

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