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The Better Plastic

  • The Better Plastic
  • Making Plastics More Renewable
  • Making Plastic Less Waste-Worthy

Plastics make up a huge part of our lives. It could be the mouse you are clicking on, the chair you are sitting on, or the bottle you are drinking from — we use them everywhere. Plastics are light, durable, easily mass produced, and their ability to take on countless shapes also renders them the choice material for wide ranging applications. They are the material of the 21st century.

 

However, at the end of the plastic product’s consumer lifespan is a huge environmental problem. They become litter, pile up in landfills, get incinerated to produce harmful gases, waste natural non-renewable resources and leave a large carbon footprint. This is compounded by the worldwide high disposal rates AND low recycling rates of plastics. All these together make plastics the material most damaging to the environment.

The Better Plastic

However, at L'earth™, we make plastics better for the environment.

BIO-COMPOSITE PLASTICS

L’earth™ products are made from bio-composite (or biomass) plastics. Bio-composite plastic is made by combining agricultural by-product fibres such as rice husk, wheat bran, or coconut husks with oxo-biodegradable, recycled plastics.

Bio-composite Plastics

These by-product fibres are a renewable source of material and they do not compete with food sources. Not only are they put to better use instead of becoming waste, they also help to reduce the content of plastics used. Recycled plastics are also used instead of virgin plastic material, thus reducing plastic waste and further lowering carbon emissions of up to 33% according to SIMTech research. Less harmful, toxic gases are also emitted when the product is being incinerated. Here’s how we combat climate change at L’earth™.

OXO-BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS

L’earth™ products can also be made oxo-biodegradable. Oxo-biodegradability ensures that the plastic product breaks down at the end of its lifecycle instead of accumulating in the environment as litter. This helps to reduce litter, landfill, and marine trash problems.

Oxo-biodegradable Plastics

An example of how an oxo-biodegradable plastic bag undergoes degradation.

 

Oxo-biodegradable plastics are made from the same process as conventional plastic except that a trace amount of additives are added to enable the plastic to undergo biodegradation. After they are broken down by oxidation and microbial action, they return to the earth as humus, carbon dioxide, and water. No harmful residue, fragments, or methane will be emitted in the process.

 

It should be noted that these are different from starch-based biodegradable plastics which are made from fusing plastic polymers with food crop starch content. The latter rely on food crop which is debateable in light of food shortage problems. See Material Comparison to learn more.