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[GreenYes] Dispoz-o?? Is it compostable? Is it biodegradable? What is it?


Does anyone know about the claims this company is making for its product 'environware'? I am not at all sure it's a truly compostable (as opposed to 'biodegradable'?)  product and hope someone can provide some insight here? The dining services at UNC Chapel Hill just selected them as their vendor for 'disposables'. Emphasis below is not mine.
 
Blair Pollock
Solid Waste Planner
Orange County Solid Waste Management Department
P.O. Box 17177
Chapel Hill, NC 27516-7177
(919) 968-2788 or direct: (919) 968-2800 x161
(919) 932-2900 fax
 
Recycle on vacation this summer in North Carolina: find out how wherever you're headed: (800) 763-0136 or

http://www.p2pays.org/localgov/PAYT/ncwaste.asp

 

 

http://www.dispozo.com/enviroware.html 

enviroware™ products are formulated to interact with micro-organisms that are present in standard landfills, composting landfills and in our natural environment. These micro-organisms attack the molecular structure of the plastic and metabolize those structures, breaking it down into organic compounds. enviroware™ products do not contain any dyes or pigments that could be harmful to the environment. In addition, enviroware™ plates, trays, bowls and hinged containers are the only plastic resin based products in the world that are both 100% biodegradable and are manufactured in an environmentally friendly manner that does not use hydrocarbons in the manufacturing process. http://www.dispozo.com/

Breakthrough in Biodegradable Plastic

Dispoz-o Products, Inc., one of the largest domestic manufacturers of disposable products for the food service industry, has developed a revolutionary line of 100% biodegradable plastic cutlery, straws, stirrers, plates, trays, hinged containers and bowls.  

enviroware™ is certified by an independent testing agency as 100% biodegradable. In addition, enviroware™ is FDA approved and meets the strictest standards of the Food Grade HACCP certification from AIB.

enviroware™ products are formulated to interact with micro-organisms that are present in standard landfills, composting landfills and in our natural environment. These micro-organisms attack the molecular structure of the plastic and metabolize those structures, breaking it down into organic compounds. enviroware™ products do not contain any dyes or pigments that could be harmful to the environment. In addition, enviroware™ plates, trays, bowls and hinged containers are the only plastic resin based products in the world that are both 100% biodegradable and are manufactured in an environmentally friendly manner that does not use hydrocarbons in the manufacturing process.

“There have been a lot of products introduced into the market claiming to be biodegradable when in fact these products are not biodegradable but only compostable”, states Joseph Lancia, President & CEO of Dispoz-o Products. “The major difference between our enviroware™ products and these compostable products is that the compostable products have to be sorted, segregated and taken to large industrial composting landfills in order for them to degrade. This takes additional labor and time, and there are very few industrial composting landfills available in the US. Therefore, most of these compostable products end up in standard landfills where they do not degrade. These compostable products are typically very expensive, have an inferior quality and appearance, and deteriorate when exposed to heat. So in the end, the consumer has paid a premium for a product that is inferior and is not truly biodegradable. Our enviroware™ line of products are cost effective, maintain the same properties and characteristics of our standard plastic products, require no special handling, are recyclable and 100% certified biodegradable. This is truly a revolutionary breakthrough.”

 

 


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