Below is a list of common FAQs for our company, our products, and sustainability in general. While this is an extensive list it is by no means exhausted and we will continually add to it when important questions come up.
Plastic is ubiquitous and plays an integral role in our global economy. Smart Plastic’s current lineup of products and additives provide immediate solutions to address plastic and food waste, with significant research and development targeting long-term solutions.
Currently, our SPTek ECLIPSE™ Stretch Film is satisfying a major market gap and has become our best-selling product. This product has addressed a critical gap in the shipping and transportation industry by providing a sustainable alternative to conventional stretch film for load containment without sacrificing on performance.
We are active members of the following associations:
Smart Plastic additives and products are proudly produced in the U.S.A. However, we work with global partners in North America, Europe, and Asia that sell their ECLIPSE-enabled products around the world!
Currently, we offer SPTek OYSTERLEAN™, an additive that reduces the environmental impact of conventional plastic with bio-based carbon sourced from oyster shells. This technology improves the mechanical characteristics of plastic, reduces processing times, temperatures and the dependence on fossil fuel-based resins.
At Smart Plastic, we understand the importance of a transition to bio-based plastics and this is reflected in our research and development activities. We see the potential for mass adoption of drop-in solutions and are continually working with our strategic and technical partners to deliver market-ready alternatives.
Learn more about OYSTERLEAN™ here.
Bio-assimilation is the final and conclusive stage of biodegradation where microorganisms can convert the material into CO2, water, and biomass. Our bio-assimilation process takes between 6-42 months depending on the type of product and the environmental conditions in which it ends up.
ECLIPSE bio-assimilation technology causes the complete molecular transformation of plastic. In other words, it breaks the carbon-to-carbon bonds within the polymer molecules, allowing microorganisms to feed on the available carbon. Once this process is initiated, it becomes a runaway freight train that can't be stopped, resulting in zero microplastics.
Here’s a step-by-step explanation of what happens during the bio-assimilation process.
All that is left is CO2, water, and biomass, with no microplastics left behind.
The length of time an ECLIPSE™ enabled product takes to fully bio-assimilate depends on the environment it lands in. Ideal conditions include high UV exposure, heat, humidity and availability of microorganisms. Poor conditions include low UV exposure, heat, humidity and availability of microorganisms.
Together with LMPE, Pisa University, CNR Laboratories, and other university bio-science labs, we designed and conducted the first-ever C-13 carbon labeling test to determine bio-assimilation in ECLIPSE™ enabled plastic. This bio-assimilation test conclusively tracks the origin of carbon within a closed environment using Carbon-13.
The methodology of the C-13 bio-assimilation test is quite simple: the test took ECLIPSE™ enabled material and fed it to a colony of microorganisms in order to prove bio-assimilation. To track the amount of carbon given off during the test and the growth of the colony, proving bio-assimilation, the researchers used carbon labeling with Carbon-13 atoms. The carbon labeling showed that the locked hydro-carbon chains in the plastic broke down to an open carbon source which the colony of microorganisms could use as a fuel source, breaking the material down completely with no microplastics left behind.
Yes you can recycle ECLIPSE™-enabled products! First and foremost, ECLIPSE™ enabled products are designed to be recycled. The addition of ECLIPSE™ technology does not negatively impact the recyclability of the products or the recycle stream, provided the plastic has been collected and recycled before the bio-assimilation process has begun. If the material still has the mechanical characteristics of its original product, it can be recycled. The addition of ECLIPSE technology acts as a safety net in the event that the item evades the recycling system. It is not meant to encourage disposal in landfill.
Will they compost, yes? ECLIPSE™-enabled material will decompose in a composting environment. However, ECLIPSE™ enabled materials are not ASTM D6400 compliant due to the nature of the bio-assimilation process. With ECLIPSE, the vast majority of carbon in bio-assimilated material is sequestered as biomass whereas ASTM D6400 requires the majority of carbon within the material to be turned into CO2.