Harco Announces Use of Biodegradable Plastic
Harco Enterprises Ltd., based in Peterborough Ontario since 1964, is pleased to be on the leading edge of Canadian-based manufacturers to venture into the areas of a viable alternative for conventional oil-based plastics with a new bio-plastic product.
Harco has been working to research all of the elements that are required to undertake such a project. They have considered the supply-and-demand aspects; as well as the marketing approach to bring this product to market. Harco started offering its biodegradable plastic as an economically viable alternative to traditional plastic in their production process, to their existing client base in December of 2007.
Harco’s bio-plastic is called NaturesPlast©. Harco manufactures custom and proprietary injection-moulded items, offering a complete service from design, mold creation, product manufacturing and imprinting. Currently their product line includes rulers, incentive products, branded drink stirs and picks; spoons, bowls, flying discs, tags, small boxes and sectioned containers. NaturesPlast© allows Harco to offer an exciting, environmentally friendly option for much of their existing product line, as well as having the potential for new opportunities in other sectors such as medical, education, environmental and industrial.
• Is made from plant starch, a fully renewable resource
• Is fully biodegradable when composted
• Has no chemical residues
• Is disposable with food waste; no separation required
• Performs, looks and feels like fossil fuel-based plastics
Harco feels NaturesPlast brings a safe and responsible option to the plastic injection industry for environmentally conscious clients. The resin is made from plants such as corn, wheat, potato and tapioca starches as opposed to oil. For this specific injection moulding application, it is also using poly lactic acid (PLA) a natural polymer; which is a versatile polymer made from lactic acid, derived from the fermentation of dextrose (or glucose). The resin used in NaturesPlast products is a plastic made from 100 percent annually renewable resources.