In recent years sustainable development and environmental impact have been increasingly at the forefront of our concerns. Undeniably, under its current economic model our consumer society promotes the overuse of natural resources even as they become more and more scarce. More alarmingly, all too often these resources are used for making things with a very short lifespan in terms of actual time when the product is in use. When the application is for quickly discarded single-use items produced en masse, this can have a profound ecological impact that deeply undermines the common good.
Single-use bags derived from non-renewable fossil fuels such as polyethylene bags have a typical useful lifespan of merely 20 minutes while they are estimated to require over 400 years to disappear from the ecosystem. This is why, as of the year 2000, BAGHERRA stepped up the development and promotion of an alternative that is respectful of the natural environment: a biodegradable bag based on a renewable "green" resource.
In partnership with the Italian laboratory Novamont, inventors of MATER-BI (a breakthrough granule based on corn starch and biopolymers) BAGHERRA has developed an entirely biodegradable and compostable bag with significant and tangible environmental benefits as evidenced by such labels as EN13432, OK Compost, OK Compost Home and Din Certco. Benefits include:
- Conformity with regulatory mandates: our bags can be used with confidence wherever legislative bodies from the local to the supranational level are acting to curtail or even preclude the use of bags made from standard polymers.
- Improved waste management via composting or methane generation: our bioplastic actually facilitates biogas extraction and improves overall compost quality. In addition, our OK Compost Home certification means that our bags are even approved for household composting by the end-user.
- Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions: Life-cycle analysis reveals that the use of bioplastics from plant sources instead of petroleum-based polymers reduces CO2 emissions from 30 to 75%.
- Reduced impact in the event of improper disposal or illegal dumping thanks to the use of a green resource that is renewable and biodegradable. Assimilation by the ecosystem is rapid, complete and without danger.
- Conservation of non-renewable natural resources