If you were like any of us at Goodness Direct and sat down to watch BBC Blue planet II at the end of the last year, you’d agree that the main take home message was plastic and biodegradable waste.
Plastic has been created to be both strong and durable, and we all saw the horrors of what it can do in the sea. Watching Blue Planet II we saw how plastic broke down into toxic particles and became the invisible killer as it entered the food chain, with the last episode showing how a baby whale calf was poisoned by its own mothers toxic milk.
Several of our suppliers, including us, have been looking into reducing the amount of plastic used in our product and delivery packaging (while allowing your food to arrive safely!) but one company in particular, is setting the president. D2W
So what is special about D2W bags from Symphony? They are totally bio-degradable. But do they degrade when we use them? Are they strong enough for purpose? They certainly are, in fact, at first glance you cannot see or perceive any difference between a symphony D2W bag and it’s non-biodegradable counterpart. But the D2W bags have small amount of a special D2W additive put into the standard plastic polymer. The result is something called ‘controlled life’ plastic (Oxo-biodegradable plastic), a proven science that has been tested and studied for more than 3 decades.
The same plant, machines, and materials are used and the normal properties are maintained. It has exactly the same look and feel of normal plastic until the end of its life. This is where the difference comes in, the D2W range is designed to last for just 18 months before the polymer breaks down the molecular structure of the polymer into harmless molecules that can fully biodegrade in the same way as straw or other natural material. D2W symphony does not leave micorplastics or toxins for future generations to deal with.
For those concerned for their own wellbeing, D2W bags are safe for foods, contain no heavy metals and have been tested and approved for their eco-toxicity. These are great for those who want to reduce their waste but still want that day to day practical function of plastic.
And to finish with the words of David Attenborough, perhaps Britain’s most loved natural treasure ‘We are at a unique stage in our history, never before have we had such awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before had we had the power to do something about it. Surely we have a responsibility to care for our blue planet? The future of humanity, and indeed all life on earth, now depends on us.’
We really hope to see more from D2W in the future!