BIODEGRADABLE



Soles 100% Biodegradable


In recent years, several countries have recognized the need to reduce the amount of wasted plastic and discarded materials. We have seen all over the world, incentives and advertising for recycling, but this is limited because it depends on the people, the collect and their own selection, decreasing the goals proposed initially.

So, with the urgent need to protect the environment, along with the considerable progress made in the world of technology, new and innovative plastic materials families have been developed which are easily biodegradable and are derived from renewable resources. These are called bioplastics.
These represent a possible solution to the proliferation of articles made from plastics which are difficult to recycle or dispose. Bioplastics have become increasingly important in recent years, starting investigations that replace conventional plastics, having already market segments aware of the environmental, economic and social gains resulting from such measures and are even willing to pay more for a product non polluting and ecofriendly.

This project is part of a larger expansion effort in the value chain, through new products that leave a larger share of added value for the company. It is to enter in new market segments with greater control of distribution channels, as it is free from competition from companies that compete only in the low range, the low prices, cheap labor, even knowing that we are contributing to a greener and cleaner world.




The life cycle of biodegradable materials


BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC FAQ’s


1. What are bioplastics?
The most accepted definition is used by the "European Association of bioplastics," which defines bioplastics or biopolymers as:
- Biodegradable Plastic Materials (as defined by the UNI EN 13432: 2002).
- Plastic materials derived from renewable sources of natural origin (also non-biodegradable sources).

2. What are the advantages of using bioplastics?
Bioplastics offer numerous advantages:
- Environmental benefits, because there is a reduction in the emission of gases that cause the greenhouse effect and global warming.
- Economic benefits because they reduce oil consumption.

3. What does ‘biodegradable’ mean?
Biodegradable means that an organic substance and some materials synthesized compounds can be decomposed by microorganisms. According to UNI EN 14046: 2003 and ISO 14855: 1999 for a material is defined as biodegradable, it is necessary that at least 90% of the material should be subjected to a process of disintegration and assimilation by microorganisms, and that this must occur in less than 6 months.

4. Under what conditions will a product biodegrade?
The environment can be composed, earth, water or both, always in the presence of oxygen.

Examples of biodegradable soles






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Project Sheet nº 10684