Going Green: What Does It...

Going Green: What Does It All Mean?


Going Green: What Does It All Mean?
Summary: Is the product FSC? PLA vs PEC? There are so many catch words and acronyms that it's difficult to folow. Read more, and let Pak-Rite help you de-tangle.


Is the product FSC? PLA vs PEC? There are so many catch words and acronyms that it's difficult to follow. Let's try and detangle:
1. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world's forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly. You can be assured that FSC certified paper products are made with, or contain, wood that comes from FSC certified forests or from post-consumer waste. 

2. Compost (noun): is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming. 

3. Compostable (adjective): a product capable of being used as a compost. 

4. Biodegradable (adjective): a product capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. 
5. Readily Biodegradable: Products are considered 'Readily Biodegradable' when they have the natural ability to biodegrade to their natural state, when subjected to sunlight, water and microbial activity, from 60-100% in 28 days. 

6. Inherently Biodegradable: When a product is classified as 'Inherently Biodegradable', it means it will biodegrade to its natural state, when subjected to sunlight, water and microbial activity from as low as 20% to less than 60% in 28 days.  

7. Carbon Neutral (adjective): a process which making no net release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere often through offsetting emissions by planting trees.
8. Polylactic Acid/Polylactide (PLA): is a biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch (in the United States and Canada), cassava roots, chips or starch (mostly in Asia), or sugarcane (in the rest of the world).

9. Bioplastic (noun): is a type of biodegradable plastic derived from biological substances rather than from petroleum

10. Bagasse (Sugarcane Pulp):  is the fibrous matter that remains after sugarcane or sorghum stalks are crushed to extract their juice that's used as a BIOFUEL and in the manufacture of pulp and building materials. It's used commonly as a substitute for wood in many tropical and subtropical countries for the production of pulp, paper, and board. It produces pulp with physical properties that are well suited for generic printing and writing papers as well as tissue products but it is also widely used for boxes, catering and packaging materials. It can also be used for making boards resembling plywood or particle board, called Bagasse board and Xanita board, and is considered a good substitute for plywood. 


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