A plastic bag takes five seconds to produce and is only used for 25 minutes on average. But it takes at least 500 years to break down in the environment. In an effort to combat against the increasing contamination by our unnecessary use of plastic bags, biodegradable plastic bags are marketed as more eco-friendly solutions, able to break down into harmless material more quickly than traditional plastics.
Swiss company BioApply is helping to reduce the use of plastic and its serious environmental impact by supplying alternative biodegradable, compostable and reusable bags and other items, such as biodegradable crockery. Their sustainable packaging solutions are tailored to the specificities of numerous industries. With more than fifteen years in the development and deployment of compostable plant-based solutions, BioApply offers a wide array of products from compostable or reusable solutions to logistics, even offering cold chain management solutions with their IFOODBAG. Plastic is used in a variety of products, especially packaging, because it is cheap and versatile. The widespread use of plastic is a major source of pollution, especially since the disposal of plastics, including bags, is often poorly managed. BioApply therefore carries three fully biodegradable product lines of compostable, plant-based bags, which are certified as being GMO-free and can be as robust as plastic ones. Although BioApply is mainly active in Switzerland, it also operates in France, Germany, the US and Africa.
BioApply was first launched in 2006 with the basic objective of replacing single-use plastic bags with a bio-based and biodegradable 100% European bag. The products are supplied to businesses and individuals to help them sort their organic waste more effectively. Organic waste can be placed in BioApply bags, which are compostable and help reduce the quantity of waste that needs to be incinerated. The company also offers compostable, reusable bags that challenge paper bags co-extruded with plastic. All bags produced by BioApply can be composted at home or at a composting facility.
For more information check out: https://bioapply.com/en/
Wood fibre tote bags
BioApply’s latest innovation, TreeTote, is a 100% wood fibre bag and packaging product range, offering a sustainable alternative to cotton bags and their less than optimal environmental impact. Natural cotton fibre is the first water consumer before rice and soy. For a tote bag, the emblematic cotton bag, we can estimate a consumption of nearly 1500 L of water, equivalent to the daily water consumption of 5 Swiss households. TreeTote is biobased and made from 100% European wood fibre which reduces water consumption by more than 90% compared to organic cotton. Wood chips left over from other activities are made the most of by being transformed into fibre. These sources are near to the production facilities and therefore cut down on emissions related to transport. The supply chain stays simple from fibre production in Austria to weaving and confection in neighbouring countries. The production of the fibre, in a closed cycle, is optimized resulting in a carbon footprint 40% smaller than organic cotton, which is mainly harvested in India and China, then often transported through Asia to be manufactured before ending up in the West to be sold. To finish off, the ink used for printing, that allows the TreeTote to be customizable, is water based, and therefore non-toxic, which allows the final product to be just as friendly to us as it is to the environment.
For more information check out: www.treetote.ch