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Sustainability Consultant, Advanced H2O
Industry: Beverage
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Role: Packager

We are a large private label beverage bottler, and have been studying this flurry of offerings that are now out there representing to be able to make plastic (or in our case PET) "biodegradable". The deeper we dig, the more misleading and confusing it becomes, and we are concerned about the science (or lack of it), liability, safety, and regulatory backdrop (FTC, California, etc). I'm not just referring to oxo-degradables here, but other technologies that do not require light/air that claim to work anaerobically, and even one that claims to make conventional resin become compostable. I thought this would be a good discussion thread to start, to see how others in the industry care to "weigh in". Many of these groups are actually going to the customers or brand owners, attempting to convince them that they should be using this stuff, for them to then ask us about it, as their producer.

I see a lot of opportunity for greenwashing here, and misleading information, yet can't afford to not be aware of progressive technologies, if they offer value.

Jeff Epstein
Consultant to the CEO
Advanced H2O LLC
Seattle, WA

Posted February 27, 2009

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