Monday, September 25, 2023

D&L Industries Is Ready To Provide Business Solutions To The Potential Ban On Single-Use Plastics


D&L Industries Is Ready To Provide Business Solutions To The Potential Ban On Single-Use Plastics

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D&L Polymers & Colours, Inc. (DLPC) and First in Colours, Inc. (FIC), fully-owned subsidiaries of D&L Industries, are ready to provide business solutions to companies given the potential ban on single-use

D&L is the only company in the Philippines that manufactures biodegradable plastics and additives that are internationally certified. D&L has the capability to service the local plastic industry and even the export market should they decide to switch to more sustainable and biodegradable packaging materials.

“The potential ban on single-use plastics presents both challenges and opportunities to everyone in the industry. While this will likely put pressure on manufacturers of single-use plastics, there is a greater opportunity for us to increase our relevance to customers and provide innovative and higher value-added products. From a practical standpoint, however, it may not be possible to completely ban the use of single-use plastics instantly. This is true especially in medical, personal care, and other sectors where single-use plastics are necessary for sanitary and safety purposes. Plastic is a technological advancement that continues to play a crucial role in modern-day society. We believe that educating people to properly dispose, sort, and segregate, is the key to address the negative environmental impact of single-use plastics. At the same time, plastics must be reduced, reused, and recycled.” remarked DLPC & FIC Managing Director Lester Lao.

“The D&L group has a steadfast commitment to both R&D and product innovation to achieve sustainable growth. One of our advocacies is to promote “green chemistry”. As part of this, our team, for years, has been proactively doing R&D works in the environment-friendly and sustainable plastic materials space. To date, we have successfully developed two proprietary product lines, Biomate™ and Biorez™, which can provide solutions for companies to alleviate single-use plastic pollution in the country. These products make plastics biodegradable and are certified by
international standards.”, Lester Lao added.

Biomate™ is an additive developed by FIC which can be added to plastics to make it biodegradable. With as little as 2% dosage of Biomate™, single-use plastics produced from polyolefins can achieve over 90% biodegradation within two years. Most importantly, Biomate™does not leave persistent microplastics unlike others. It is suitable for plastics used as primary packaging for perishable products such as meat, fish, fruits and vegetables. Meanwhile, Biorez™ is a compostable plastic developed by DLPC. It’s a ready- to-use compound that can be instantly molded into various single-use plastic applications such as films, straws, cutlery, cups, etc. Biorez™, given proper environmental conditions in a composting facility, can achieve 90% biodegradation within 6 months.

The end-product of this composting process is either high value fertilizer or biomass feedstock for electricity generation. It was recently reported that the Senate has earmarked funds for plastic recycling factories and composting facilities in the DENR budget for 2020 with provisions that mandate the construction of composting facilities in all towns. This makes using compostable plastics and subsequent recycling more feasible.

“We are optimistic on the potential of biodegradable plastics as the world shifts towards more sustainable and environment-friendly materials. Over the long-term, we continue to innovate by investing in R&D as part of our strategy to stay ahead of the curve. In addition to biodegradable plastics, there are several other product developments in the pipeline that provide runway for growth.”, D&L President & CEO Alvin Lao concluded.

International Product Certifications and Compliance

Biomate™ uses P-life® as its active ingredient. P-life® is the only product in the market that is certified biodegradable by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, a renowned international research body leading in the field of polymeric waste material. Biomate™ also satisfies all the requirements of ASTM 6954, the American Standard for plastics biodegradability. In the Philippines, Biomate® is verified by the Environmental Technological Verification division of the Department of Science and Technology (ETV 08-013) and is fully compliant with PNS 2104 (Philippine National Standard for biodegradable plastics).

Biorez™ is recognized worldwide by the European Standard for biodegradable plastics. It has an international certification from DIN CERTCO, a Berlin-based organization that does conformity assessment based on various international standards. It is also verified by the Environmental Technological Verification division of the Department of Science and Technology (ETV 19-018) and is fully compliant with PNS 2102 (Philippine National Standard for compostable plastics).