Light My Fire Bioplastics
BIOPLASTIC - IT´S COMPLICATED
Bioplastic is an umbrella term used for plastics that are biobased, biodegradable or both. The confusion arises within these definitions.
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 enviroment such as a compost. HOWEVER this compost must in the majority of cases be an INDUSTRIAL Compost.
A game changing difference becomes apparent at the point of disposal - the materials end of life cycle.
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 densitites for strength and hardness.