TAKING ON THE PLASTICS PROBLEM
According to the EPA, 91.3% of plastic is never recycled1 and is destined for landfills or being incinerated. This is a scary thought, especially considering that it is estimated that last year over 380 MILLION TONS of plastic were produced2. With numbers like these, it’s easy for us to picture items like empty bottles as being the culprit, but we often forget about materials such as film laminations and coatings which are a large contributor to this “plastic problem.” At Ecological Fibers, it has never been our policy to bypass an environmental issue that we could overcome with some hard work and ingenuity. From the start we have tackled these issues head on. We became the first to remove all solvents from our coatings. We built a custom in-house water treatment plant in our Rhode Island facility which cleans nearly 1.2 million gallons of water per day, and as you will read, we became the first producer of 100% organic, plastic-free coated materials.
100% ORGANIC, PLASTIC-FREE COATINGS
THE MOST ECO-FRIENDLY COATING EVER MADE
Each year more than 300 million tons of plastic is manufactured; with over half intended for single-use application. We all have been taught that recycling is the answer to plastic pollution, yet today less than 9% of plastic waste is ever recycled1, the remaining amounts being destined for incineration or landfills.
Ecological Fibers prides itself on our business processes. Regarding the environment, we’ve never settled for the easy solution if it was detrimental to the earth. We have a proud list of “firsts” in our history: the first to remove solvents from our coatings, the first to become completely water-based, and the first to remove all harmful chemicals and heavy metals. In 2020, we added another “first”, we created the world’s first 100%, organic, plastic-free coating.
Comprised completely of organic compounds, this revolutionary new coating contains zero petroleum-based ingredients making it truly plastic and petroleum free. Creating this coating was no easy task, requiring a substantial reworking of our coating process to make it possible. This means new machines, new processes and more, but it was worth it.
We are proud to have achieved this accomplishment, and the delight we have when we see rolls of this product leaving our plants only reassures us that the difficult journey to get to this point was worth it.
To learn more about our plastic-free offerings, click here.
ECOPRINT™ 7: ENDING THE NEED FOR FILM LAMINATION IN BOOK JACKETS
EcoPrint™ 7 has taken the publishing world by storm. In it’s brief history it has become a sought-after material for book jackets due to the fact that it requires zero film lamination to properly protect the books that it covers.
For decades, the only suitable option for book jackets was to laminate the paper stock, thereby making the jacket and all the excess materials from its production unrecyclable, destining it for incineration or landfills.
Providing a material that does not need this step not only removes the use of these additional plastics from the production process, it also stream lines the supply chain by removing an entire component which not only lowers the cost, but lowers the carbon footprint created by the finished piece. One less material means less energy used in its production, transportation, and application of it. Ecological Fibers has set an initial goal of helping prevent 20 million square feet of plastic film from being used for book jackets. This lofty goal will be a major step forward for the publishing community and will no doubt become a milestone for the environmental stewardship success story that is Ecological Fibers.
For more information on EcoPrint™ 7, and our goal of removing 20 Million Sq. Feet of plastic from the industry, click here