EcoCortec announced its EcoSol technology will be produced at its bioplastics plan in Coratia. EcoSol is a water soluble, biodegradable, polyvinylalcohol (PVOH) film designed for various packaging applications, including detergents and cleaners, degreasers, concrete additives, pigments, biocides, water-treatment products, agricultural products and others. The company says its EcoSol film has excellent organic solvent resistance, which allows EcoSol pouches and bags to be used not only for dry powders, but also for liquid products. The film is also designed to offer good tensile strength, tear strength and puncture resistance. Products packaged in EcoSol can reportedly be thrown into a treatment area without removing the film.
After few minutes of immersion at the specified temperature, EcoSol dissolves in water soluble film suppliers reportedly leaving a harmless, non-toxic, aqueous solution of polyvinyl alcohol releasing the packaged product to do its work. Once the liquid solution of PVOH comes into contact with common microorganisms, such as those found in water-treatment plants, conversion to carbon dioxide and water takes place within about 30 days.
This plastic-free bag dissolves in water
The humble plastic bag has been with us since 1965, when a team of Swedish designers and engineers hit upon an idea for convenient packaging. Just over 50 years later, as many as 4 trillion plastic bags are thought to be used each year.
They’re piling up fast, and we’ll be stuck with them littering the planet for hundreds of years because they don’t biodegrade.
Could that be about to change?
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Researchers in Chile have created a bag that looks and behaves just like any other plastic bag, but with a couple of important differences. This bag is not made of plastic, and unlike regular plastic bags it will dissolve in water, leaving no toxic residue behind.
As with many great discoveries, the soluble bag was not what its creators had in mind to begin with. The two men behind the SoluBag, Roberto Astete and Cristian Olivares, were working on biodegradable detergent experiments. But when they created a formula that, by using a derivative of limestone instead of oil byproducts, changed the structure of plastic from indestructable to soluble, they realized they had found something significant.