'GREEN' TECHNOLOGIES TODAY


What are the so-called "green plastics" today?


SO-CALLED "GREEN LABELS"


Unfortunately, the “green” labels deeming their products as biodegradable are in fact not.

For many years to present time the interpretation of biodegradable plastics has been severely misunderstood. The top manufacturers in the plastic industry have invested millions of dollars in biodegradable additives or bio-based polymers to put a “green label” on their product.  Although this is a step in the right direction, it is actually more harmful and overall misleading the public view of a “greener world”.

In fact, none of the fossil based polymers created since day 1 has ever gone away. The additives that claim to biodegrade the fossil based polymers in fact only biodegrade themselves, fragmenting the plastics into microscopical pieces, which harm the environment through biomagnification. This plastic remains intact in a micro form; then it is introduced into the food chain as a toxic chemical such as BPA for example.

Studies show that 93% of all Americans have BPA in their bodies today. BPA has been linked to altering hormones and affect overall human health.

The "Green" plastic manufacturers today use oxo-biodegradable additives or bio-based polymers such as PLA - claiming to be biodegradable. Research has proven that these methods are false or only true under certain unrealistic laboratory environments.
GREEN TECHNOLOGY TODAY
Most bioplastic products currently being marketed carry incomplete and/or misleading labeling, according to composting expert William Brinton of Woods End Laboratories, who conducted the testing for MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Information provided by motherearthnews.com

Several different biodegradable plastic companies have misrepresented themselves and their consumers through claims that their additives are biodegradable, biodegradable in a landfill, biodegradable in a certain timeframe, or shown to be biodegradable in a landfill or that various scientific tests prove their biodegradability claims.

Read-more: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/11/01/ftc-cracks-down-on-companies-false-biodegradable-plastics-claims/#ixzz3yUdHtS2T

 

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISION WARNS OXODEGRADABLE,
OXO BIODEGRADABLE, OR BIODEGRADABLE CLAIMS MAY BE DECEPTIVE


https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/10/ftc-staff-warns-plastic-waste-bag-marketers-their-oxodegradable

“If marketers don’t have reliable scientific evidence for their claims, they shouldn’t make them,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Claims that products are environmentally friendly influence buyers, so it’s important they be accurate.”