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  • What does OK Biodegradable WATER Certification mean?

    OK biodegradable WATER by TÜV, Austria Products certified for OK Biodegradable WATER guarantee biodegradation in a natural, freshwater environment, and thus substantially contribute to the reduction of waste in rivers, lakes or any natural fresh water.   Criteria required to be satisfied to be awarded OK Biodegradable WATER certification status:- Passes ISO14851 Freshwater Biodegradability testing, taking […]

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  • Biobased Carbon Content Testing and Certification

    Biobased Carbon Content Testing and Certification Biobased Carbon Content provides a way of testing a product to determine the percentage of carbon from “natural” (plants etc) sources versus “synthetic” (petrochemical or coal, ie fossil-based) sources.   For reference, 100 % Biobased Carbon Content indicates that a material is entirely sourced from natural sources. Beta Analytic Inc was involved […]

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  • Bioglitter – Biodegradable glitter in the natural environment

    Bioglitter® – PROVEN Biodegradation in the natural environment. Biodegradability Testing and the Hierarchy of Biodegradability Testing Environments. The table below provides an illustration of the hierarchy of different levels of biodegradability testing available, relevant to different environments.  We feel that is essential that we test Bioglitter® in its finished form (ie with coating) to a challenging, […]

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  • Test if your glitter is a microplastic or mainly based in plastic.

    Test if your glitter is a microplastic or mainly based in plastic. This is a VERY BASIC SCREENING TEST to determine if your glitter is microplastic or MAINLY BASED on PLASTIC, such as PET, PVC, PLA or Cellulose Acetate (not biodegradable in natural environments, IE Microplastic).  If the glitter melts it is mainly based on plastic and is […]

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  • What is the ECHA Restriction Proposal for Microplastic?

    What is ECHA? ECHA is The European Chemicals Agency.  It is the driving force among regulatory authorities in implementing the EU’s groundbreaking chemicals legislation for the benefit of human health and the environment as well as for innovation and competitiveness.   What is ‘ECHA Restriction Proposal for Microplastic, Jan 2019’? ECHA’s Microplastic Proposal, Jan 2019 or […]

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  • What is cellulose and are all forms of Cellulose film the same?

    Cellulose is the substance that makes up most of a plant’s cell walls. Since it is made by all plants, it is probably the most abundant organic compound on Earth. Cellulose is a biodegradable polysaccharide. A polysaccharide is a type of carbohydrate. All forms of Cellulose film are NOT the same. There are several forms […]

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  • What is PLA (poly lactic acid) and why we DON’T use bio-plastics like PLA in Bioglitter®?

    PLA is a thermoplastic polyester bio-polymer.  It is produced by the chemical conversion of corn into dextrose, the dextrose is then fermented to lactic acid, which is then polymerised into polylactic acid, PLA for short. Bio-plastics such as PLA WILL NOT biodegrade in the natural environment, they need the man-made conditions (elevated temperatures and extremely […]

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