Frequently Asked Questions
Are your Products tested by independent labs?
Yes! We have a number of third party lab reports. We typically use The Eden Research Laboratory - in New Mexico.
How do you provide the barriers?
Oxygen and Moisture barriers are created by using;
Vacuum Metalizing, Medium & High Barrier- Bio-Foil, Ultra High Barrier Films or the inherent barriers of certain films when they are " Fit for Use ". We strive to find the most economical solution for each customer's needs.
ARE THE MATERIALS MADE FROM PETROLEUM OR RENEWABLE PRODUCTS?
These are petroleum based products engineered with the use of a completely organic additive to biodegrade only when exposed to the microbes in landfill, soil or water. They offer superior performance to other biodegradable technologies, are easier to use, less expensive, and have the added benefit of being completely recyclable, in single layers. For these reasons we firmly believe it is the most viable solution to the problems with plastic - today. For more information, check out The Truth About Plastic.
WHAT MAKES THEM BIODEGRADABLE?
The additive is a particular blend of Organic compounds, which in the presence of microbes, create an enzyme that breaks down the long-chain molecules of the plastic. This allows the microbes to then consume the plastic. After 10 years of testing, we can make just about any type of packaging Omnidegradable® - resealable pouches, zippered bags and even bags with off-gasing valves. For more information, check out The Truth About Plastic.
DO TEKPAK'S BIOFILMS COMPLY WITH ASTM STANDARDS FOR BIODEGRADABILITY?
Yes. We also comply with many other ASTM standards : 5338/98, 5511, CEN 261085, ISO 14855 and we are FDA and SCF ( E.U.) compliant.
DO YOU HAVE ANY EXAMPLES OF ESTABLISHED BRANDS THAT HAVE USED YOUR PLASTICS?
Yes. We have worked with a variety of large Coffee manufacturers such as Melitta.
ARE THERE ANY TOXIC REMAINS, ONCE THE PACKAGE HAS BIODEGRADED?
No. In a backyard compost, it ends up as CO2, water and a small amount of organic biomass. It is the same for an Aerobic Landfill or decomposition in a body of water. However, like all organic materials, in an Anaerobic Landfill, the CO2 is replaced with Methane which is being captured in many modern facilities.
ARE THE PRODUCTS CLEAN AND SAFE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?
Our products meet FDA (U.S.) and SCF (E.U.) standards and break down into organic residuals that are actually beneficial to plant growth. University studies over 6 years have shown there are no harmful effects on other crops or insects and less heavy metals than found in common soil and well below the allowable limits ste by the US - EPA ( environmental Protection Agency).