Whether you work with a manufacturer or are one, our patented biodegradable “plastic alternative” raw material is hands down a superior and smart ‘green’ approach to the production of anything plastic.
Below are some key product specifications that make the REearthable® product so very compelling as a replacement to ‘non-earth friendly’ plastic and oxo plastic products.
FDA “GRAS” Approved
The highest ranking raw materials can receive for product production is known as “GRAS”. Our product is FDA “GRAS” approved (Generally Recognized As Safe). Essentially it is packaging materials deemed as food safe materials (containers that hold human consumption consumables). Under sections 201(s) and 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), any substance that is intentionally added to food is a food additive, that is subject to premarket review and approval by FDA, unless the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use.
Material Attributes Overview
Below is a simple chart that compares the attributes of the REearthable ® product to standard plastic polymer resins on the market.
Third Party Biodegradable Testing Facility Test Results *
Standard UV Exposure
Methodology: Accelerated aging was performed in a QUV chamber that uses UVA-340 lamps to simulate sunlight. UVA 340 lamps simulate sunlight in the critical short wavelength UV region between 365 nm and solar cut off of 295 nm; the peak emission is at 340 nm. (UVA exposure is similar to sunlight exposure whereas exposure to the more aggressive UVB may not simulate natural weathering processes.)
Result: The product exhibited virtually no mechanical degradation with exposure to UV.
Mechanical Tension Testing
Methodology: Mechanical Tension tests were conducted in keeping with ASTM D412 standards.
Result: The test results show that the REearthable™ product exhibited standard tensile behavior for highly loaded polymeric materials.
Environmental -Temperature Testing
Methodology: A differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) / thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was carried out to determine the thermal degradation profile of the REearthable™ material. Differential scanning calorimetry or DSC is a thermoanalytical technique in which the difference in the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of a sample and reference are measured as a function of temperature.
Result: The product attributes were maintained at very nearly the same temperature throughout the test.
Wear (Taber rub test)
Methodology: A simple test for evaluating abrasion or wear resistance is the Taber Abrader. The REearthable ™ product was tested using a standard CS-10 Calibrase® wheel. The standard loads are usually, 250g, 500g or 1000g and for this test a load of 250g was applied. The test ends after completing a specific number of cycles (mass loss) or the finishing layer is worn (visual appearance).
Result: Following is a table of the weight loss for a polycarbonate and the REearthable ™ product showing a significant improvement over other market polycarbonate products.