Biodegradable PILLOW PAK air cushions are the next generation of sustainable packaging for businesses looking to address the environmental concerns of their customers. From manufacturing to disposal, Biodegradable PILLOW PAK air cushions are made to provide superior product protection while being environmentally friendly. The material is made from 100% recyclable material and will decompose completely within 9 to 60 months in the presence of microorganisms, whether it is sent to a landfill or ends up as litter in the soil. Biodegradable PILLOW PAK air cushions provide an eco-friendly alternative to other protective packaging materials.
Biodegradable PILLOW PAK® Air Cushions are a better environmental choice than traditional bubble
Biodegradable PILLOW PAK air cushions come in an easy to identify, light green color for customer awareness. Biodegradable PILLOW PAK air cushions save money by eliminating traditional bubble transportation, handling and storage costs. The PILLOW PAK'R air cushion machine is fast. It makes a 1,400 sq. ft. bundle in under 8.5 minutes.
Biodegradable PILLOW PAK air cushions deliver a cost-effective, durable bubble material to your customers providing superior product cushioning and protection. It simultaneously provides an environmentally responsible product that is lightweight, recyclable, reusable and biodegradable.
Biodegradable PILLOW PAK air cushions can be deflated and recycled with plastic bags. For recycling, you also have the option of returning deflated cushions to us at: FP International Recycling Program, 16850 South Canal St., Thornton, Illinois, 60476.
FP International has a substantial record of environmental achievements. In 1990, FP International was the first company to recycle post-consumer, polystyrene foam packaging and use the recycled material to make new loosefill, from 100% recycled material. FP International received national recognition with the Administrator's Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency, and also received numerous state and local awards for environmental commitment and recycling programs. In 2008, the company recycled in excess of 10 million pounds of expanded polystyrene worldwide.
Important Facts About Biodegradable PILLOW PAK® Air Cushions
What makes the product biodegrade? Our biodegradable PILLOW PAK air cushions are made from 100% recyclable material that contains a proprietary additive, which will allow the product to degrade in the presence of microorganisms in 9 to 60 months. This additive does not affect the performance or the shelf life of our product, because biodegradation only occurs in the presence of microorganisms which are present in landfills, home and commercial composting, and other areas where they exist in nature. The products will biodegrade in aerobic (with air) and anaerobic (without air) conditions.
What causes the product to biodegrade? Our products contain an additive that promotes the formation of a microscopic bio-film on the surface of our air cushions, which attract microorganisms. The microorganisms secrete acids and enzymes that breakdown the long polymer chains into smaller pieces, which can then be digested by the microorganisms. This additive is used in numerous plastic products throughout the world.
Does the additive impact the product's characteristics? This additive does not affect the recyclability of the product nor the product's performance as an excellent, lightweight, protective packaging material.
Is there any special handling needed for this product? No special handling is required to load, use or store the material.
From a packer's standpoint, are there any safety issues with handling? No, the additive is natural and is made only from FDA recognized ingredients, and does not contain hazardous materials, as outlined by current OSHA regulations.
Will the additive transfer to other products? No, the additive must be mixed with the raw materials during the production of the finished packaging material and becomes a non-transferable part of the product. It does not leave any residue on the product.
How do we know the product will biodegrade? Numerous plastic samples that use the additive have been tested by independent laboratories, in accordance with standard test methods approved by ASTM and other standardization bodies, to determine the rate and extent of biodegradation of plastic materials. The test methods include: o ASTM D5511 - Anaerobic Biodegradability (Simulates landfill) o ASTM D5338 - Aerobic Biodegradation Under Controlled Composting Conditions o ASTM 5209 - Aerobic Biodegradation in the Presence of Municipal Sewage Sludge The results of these tests concluded that plastic products manufactured with this additive are biodegradable and safe for the environment. Furthermore, our own testing supports these conclusions.
What is left when the product biodegrades? After biodegradation, the resulting material has been transformed into carbon dioxide, water and inert-humus soil with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
Is the Biodegradable PILLOW PAK air cushion product an OXO or OXI based product? No, Biodegradable PILLOW PAK air cushions are not an OXO or OXI based additive product. OXO or OXI based products breakdown in the presence of heat, light or mechanical stress. They also may leave heavy metal residue as they degrade.
- Made from 100% recyclable material that is biodegradable
- Biodegrades in 9 to 60 months in the presence of microorganisms
- Superior performing cushioning and protection
- 11% less energy used in its production
- Emits 11% less greenhouse gas emissions in its production
- Reduces damage - unique air transfer technology improves cushioning
- Cost-effective: lower material cost because the Quilt Medium bubble height is 7/8"; reduces the number of wraps needed while providing the same cushioning protection
- Saves space: one pallet of PILLLOW PAK Quilt Medium Film is equivalent to a truckload of ½" bubble
- Maximum flexibility! Perforated every six inches for easy handling