what is the problem with single use plastic and styrofoam?
Single use plastics are not sustainable:
a. Less than 10% of single use plastic is recycled. It is designed to be thrown away but it is made from petroleum - a finite resource
b. Nearly every piece of plastic EVER made still exists today
c. 8% of the world's oil supply is used to make single use plastics
d. The North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California is home to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest ocean garbage site in the world. The floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life by a measure of 6 to 1.
Single use plastic and styrofoam contain known carcinogens including styrene and BPA. Using these products regularly poses a problem to our health and our homes. Harmful chemicals leached by plastics are present in the bloodstream of almost everyone of us including newborns.
what is bpa and why is it harmful?
BPA STANDS FOR BISPHENOL A. BPA IS AN INDUSTRIAL CHEMICAL THAT HAS BEEN USED TO MAKE CERTAIN PLASTICS AND RESINS SINCE THE 1960S. BPA IS FOUND IN PLASTICS THAT STORE FOOD AND BEVERAGES, SUCH AS WATER BOTTLES, BABY BOTTLES AND OTHER PLASTIC CONTAINERS.
BPA IS AN ENDOCRINE DISRUPTOR - A SUBSTANCE WHICH INTERFERES WITH THE PRODUCTION, SECRETION, TRANSPORT, ACTION, FUNCTION AND ELIMINATION OF NATURAL HORMONES. BPA CAN IMITATE OUR BODY'S OWN HORMONES IN A WAY THAT COULD BE HAZARDOUS FOR HEALTH, BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN ARE SAID TO BE ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF BPA.
RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT BPA CAN SEEP INTO FOOD OR BEVERAGES FROM CONTAINERS THAT ARE MADE WITH BPA. EXPOSURE TO BPA IS A CONCERN BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH EFFECTS OF BPA ON THE BRAIN, BEHAVIOR, AND PROSTATE GLAND OF FETUSES, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN.
WHat makes REPURPOSE products sustainable?
repurpose products are made from plants - which are annually renewable resources. repurpose compostables are currently produced from the annually renewable resource corn (maize), the lowest cost and most widely available fermentable sugar in the world as well as sugar cane and bamboo.
To produce repurpose products, fewer fossil resources are required - which lowers the carbon footprint.
our products fit into any waste management system with a benefit. At the end of their useful life, our products can be disposed of by all traditional waste management methods such landfill, however our products are best disposed of when they can be composted in industrial composting facilities.
DO REPURPOSE products DEGRADE DURING STORAGE or on the shelf?
No, repurpose products are similar to other natural structures used for packaging, such as paper, which maintains product integrity during use. so repurpose products will not degrade on retail shelves or during storage.