Light My Fire Bioplastics
Bioplastics is an umbrella term used for plastics that are biobased, biodegradable or both.
Biobased plastics have a unique advantage over conventional petroleum based plastic in the sense that the composition is made fully, or in part, from plants or other biological matter. Biodegradable plastics can also be partly or fully made from plants or other biological matter BUT can also be fossil based. The advantage with biodegradable plastics is the materials potential to break down in certain environment such as a compost. HOWEVER this compost must in the majority of cases be an INDUSTRIAL Compost.
Biodegradable is a term we are all familiar with. It is a word we connect with images of natural waste simply disappearing over time or with green waste in a compost heap at the bottom of the garden. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Biodegradable plastic is compostable, meaning that the product has the ability to break down relatively quickly. The catch is that with the current level of technology, this composting must usually occur in an industrial complex capable of putting the plastic through a particular process.
In other words biodegradable plastic doesn’t necessarily mean that it could be thrown away with the expectation that it will simply rot and disappear. Home composting of green waste, is very different to the industrial process where specific levels of heat and moisture encourage microbial activity that converts the plastic into organic matter.
Materials that are certified compostable will mostly have been tested in these commercial composting conditions, so it is unlikely that the same chemistry based process can be achieved in a home composting heap. For example, a biodegradable plastic material may break down within weeks in a commercial composting facility, yet the same material may take decades if it were to find its way into nature. This is why we should be wary of this ‘biodegradable’ term when associated with plastics. Furthermore, biodegradable plastics can be made fully, or in part of fossil OR biological matter.
The technology surrounding biobased plastic is different. The composition is made fully, or in part, from plants or other biological matter depending on the properties required for the different products.
With this in mind, Light My Fire has chosen to use biobased plastic for their products. In using renewable organic matter they engage in a regenerative cycle that is not only sustainable but an excellent substitute to fossil fuel dependency. The plants growth cycles naturally remove CO2 from the atmosphere suggesting that a global change to biobased plastics would be equal to stopping millions of tons of CO2 emissions every year.
Light My Fire is on a journey toward 100% natural materials with processes and technologies aligned to that goal. In time this will lead to a truly sustainable natural product with all the benefits of plastic and none of the negatives.
To meet the usage requirements of Light My Fire products, the company currently use 3 specific types of biobased plastic. These contain the highest possible biomass percentage.
TERRALENE: Made from certified sugarcane and wood fiber waste from certified European wood that adds strength to the product as well as a wonderful texture and natural smell.
ECOZEN: Made from European GMO free corn. This provides strength and heat resistance.
DRYFLEX GREEN: Made from certified sugarcane in two different densities for strength and hardness.