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Most plastic bags are manufactured from polyethylene, a product of natural gas or petroleum. While highly convenient, these bags cause pollution if not disposed of responsibly.

EcoWorks 1Cortec Corporation manufactures recyclable VpCI brand bags, used for corrosion protection of metals, which can be sent back to Cortec after use to reprocess into new film at up to 20% recycled content. This diverts thousands of kilograms of waste from the landfill annually, helping both manufacturer and end user reduce their carbon footprint.

Another option for minimising the impact of plastic packaging is to use compostable bags that do not contain polyethylene and can biodegrade without harming the surrounding environment. Cortec custom-manufactures such film for all-purpose waste bags and shopping bags under the Eco Works brand name.

EcoWorks 3These US-patented films and bags are compostable in a commercial compost setting. They contain biodegradable polyesters, including an annually renewable biopolymer source derived from plant sugars. The bags are available in Eco Works 10 and Eco Works 30 versions, containing 10% and 30% biobased polymers, respectively. The film has a stiff feel to it, similar to HDPE bags, but without being petroleum-derived.

Eco Works film and bags bear the DIN CERTCO “seedling” logo, verifying that the film meets requirements for industrial compostability according to European (EN 13432), U.S. (ASTM D 6400), and ISO (ISO 17088) standards. When placed in an industrial compost setting, Eco Works film and bags will fully biodegrade into carbon dioxide and water within a matter of weeks, with no eco-toxicity to the soil, plants, or microorganisms involved in the process. Unlike some “biodegradable” films of the past, Eco Works does not rely on biodegradability additives for compostability.

Cortec’s DIN CERTCO certification covers a number of patented Eco Works 10 and 30 products that are available from Cortec by custom order, including compostable film, compostable waste bags, and compostable shopping bags.

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