Due to the globalized nature of our economy, stretch film is one of the largest uses of polyethylene in the world. With no real alternatives, essentially every pallet in the world is wrapped in this protective packaging.
Collectively, we manufacture nearly 2.5 billion lbs of stretch film each year. This means we're using enough stretch film to wrap around the earth 10 times... every single day.
As it's such a massive industry, one would hope that we are recycling this product as much as possible. Unfortunately, this is not the case, with only an estimated 5% of all stretch film being recycled worldwide.
We can't continue to ignore the impact that we're having on the environment.
It's time we take a good, hard look at the products that drive our economy and ensure they will not harm the planet and its inhabitants for generations to come.
Definitively, "bio-assimilation" means that the stretch film has degraded to a molecular weight that can be consumed by microorganisms, resulting in nothing more than CO2, water and biomass.
We have reached a tipping point in the balance of health and decline of the planet. Our purpose is to have a measurable impact on improving the health of our planet and all of its inhabitants.