A core tenet of Cradle to Cradle® design is compostability, meaning products made from renewable resources can be readily composted back into soil and thus regrow into more plants that can be turned back into more products. We’re proud to say that our Polysole® bioplastics can do exactly that.
However, in addition to raw materials, a finished product’s shape, dimensions and thickness will also factor into compostability testing results. The most reputable certification methodologies therefore require testing of the final product once all the details regarding formulation and form factor are finalized. Testing thus ensures the actual product will break down according to accepted standards and real-world conditions in an industrial composting facility (ASTM D6400 testing methodology). If compostability is important to you and your customers, we therefore recommend filing for certification as a final step in the product approval process.
However, we recognize that not all municipalities have implemented the industrial composting facilities necessary to provide curbside composting services. We also realize that not all applications are suitable for today’s compostable bioplastics. For this reality, our Traverse® line of bioplastics has been specifically designed to offer a bioplastic with the maximum possible plant-based content and no hazardous chemicals.
Cradle to Cradle is a registered trademark of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC).
Solegear uses California’s respected Proposition 65 to screen for chemicals of concern that have been identified as potentially hazardous to human health and the environment.