Noteworthy Offers Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic at No Additional Charge
Effective immediately, Amsterdam, New York-based Noteworthy is offering oxo-biodegradable plastic as an option on all plastic bag styles at no additional charge. Noteworthy became the first promotional products supplier to offer biodegradable plastic bags made from cornstarch in the 1980s. At that time, the inferior quality of cornstarch-based biodegradable plastics limited their appeal. However, oxo-biodegradable plastics are a major leap forward.
According to Anthony Constantino, vice president of operations at Noteworthy, “After a thorough review we came to the conclusion that oxo-biodegradable plastic is superior in every respect to other forms of degradable plastic.” Oxo-biodegradable plastic is often referred to as “degradable” plastic, since it does not require a biological process to degrade. Micro-organisms will speed up the degradation process, but they’re not required. This gives oxo-biodegradation a distinct advantage over prior methods for degrading plastic.
Noteworthy is aggressively marketing oxo-biodegradable plastic because of its value to all consumers. According to Carol Constantino, “When we learned about the tremendous advantage oxo-biodegradable technology offers, we immediately added it to our product line. We believe it’s in everyone’s best interest for all plastic bags to be degradable one day, and we’re happy to play a part in pushing the market in that direction.”
Oxo-biodegradable plastic is unique in that it can break down in almost any environmental condition and does not emit methane in landfills. Additionally, it can be recycled along with regular plastic, while other forms of degradable plastic cannot. Noteworthy’s oxo-biodegradable plastic conforms to the international standards outlined by ASTM International’s Standard Guide for Exposing and Testing Plastics that Degrade in the Environment by a Combination of Oxidation and Biodegradation (ASTM D6954-04). This revolutionary plastic is will be available at no additional cost in Noteworthy’s 2009 Plastic & Paper Products catalog.
Noteworthy is a family-owned manufacturer of promotional products. The company was founded in 1954 when Tom Constantino invented the car litterbag. Noteworthy is a top 40 supplier to the promotional products industry and prides itself on the ability to manufacture in the United States. Today the company manufactures a variety of promotional products including plastic and paper bags, presentation folders, notepads, coloring books and a full line of business gifts and recognition awards. In 2008, Noteworthy became the first company to digitally print on plastic and took the lead in developing the market for oxo-biodegradable plastic bags.