Highlighting the monumental announcements that make us Smart Plastic. From our unique strategic partnerships and product developments, to our ever-expanding expert team, view our company news below.
We are thrilled to have a summer intern on board! Chelsea is passionate about all things sustainability and brings a fresh perspective as our Project Support Intern.
We believe in the power and capability future generations have in creating a better world for everyone, and we are thrilled to help foster those individuals’ passions and experiences through our internship program. Let’s introduce one of our interns right now!
Chelsea Ganzman will be a senior at Temple University this fall where she is studying Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). With a strong passion and interest in environmental studies, Chelsea is hoping to start her career in corporate sustainability or CSR.
This summer Chelsea is our Project Support Intern. She will be working on various projects including conducting fundamental research, collaborating on project management tasks, and ensuring daily tasks with Smart Plastic employees are completed.
“I have been looking forward to this summer internship for months, and I am so happy that it is finally time to work for such a great company whose impacts are large and significant in the environmental and economic realm. I am most excited to learn more about the plastics-related field, specifically, the technology and additives used, as well as how SPT's plastics are such a sustainable alternative and the way of the future. The company's goals and accomplishments have motivated me to not only learn more about the plastics' related sector but to learn how I can be of significance and importance to this company and how we can learn from each other.”
We are thrilled to have Chelsea on board as an integral member of our team!
We recently heard from Highlight Industries who completed a comparison test between traditional Stretch Film and SPTek ECLIPSE™ Stretch Film. See what they had to say!
We pride ourselves on developing products that have all the beneficial properties of plastic without the added environmental damage. It’s essential that our products live up to not only our own customers’ standards – but also to their customers’ standards as well.We recently received the following testimonial from one of our customers and couldn't be more thrilled to hear it.
“Highlight recently conducted comparative lab and load stability tests on two high-performance commercial stretch films, one made with Smart Plastic's SPTek ECLIPSE™ bio-assimilation technology and another without the additive. All tests performed yielded statistically equivalent results, with no noticeable difference in the excellent performance properties of the commercial film, with or without the ECLIPSE™ additive. These results are all the more impressive considering the ECLIPSE™ content will reportedly render the stretch film capable of complete bio-assimilation. This is a real win for green technology in the stretch film industry.”
Smart Plastic Technologies has been working with LMPE since 2016 to conduct research and develop SPTek products. This technical partnership is integral to our work and company growth.
At Smart Plastic our partnerships are a fundamental support mechanism for our business. We are thrilled to highlight a key technical partner that we have been working with since the beginning to create and irrevocably prove our ECLIPSE™ technology - LMPE, an eco-compatible polymeric materials laboratory based in Lucca, Italy.
Together with LMPE, Pisa University, CNR Laboratories, and other university bio-science labs, we designed and conducted the first-ever C-13 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. In addition to our laboratory work, Dr. Lucia Perez, LMPE’s former Materials & Bio-Systems Engineer, is a member of our Science Advisory board, supporting the technical development of our products.
The methodology of the C-13 carbon labeling test is quite simple, it took degraded ECLIPSE™ 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.
Wikipedia describes carbon labeling as such:
Carbon labeling is a form of isotopic labeling where a carbon-12 atom has been replaced with either a carbon-13 atom or a carbon-14 atom in a chemical compound so as to 'tag' that position of the compound to assist in determining the way a chemical reaction proceeds.
We began working with LMPE in 2016 to conclusively prove our revolutionary ECLIPSE™ technology. We are delighted that such a reputable laboratory is one of our technical partners and we look forward to working with LMPE as we continue to better plastic for the future of our planet and its inhabitants.
LMPE (Ecosustainable Polymeric Materials Laboratory) srl Benefit Company is an Italian Innovative Start-up and is an affiliated Spin-off to INSTMThe National Inter-University Consortium of Materials Science and Technology. LMPE’s mission is aimed at the research & development of materials, processes, and technologies in the field of polymeric materials, and semi-finished and eco-friendly finished products.
Understanding the importance of the circular economy, LMPE is a member of the ICESP (Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform). LMPE uses a set of modern equipment in collaboration with the INSTM Consortium and the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the Pisa University.
The following tests are completed at LMPE:
This year’s Earth Day theme is ‘Invest in our Planet’. Read how we're prioritizing the future of our planet through various initiatives below.
While the first Earth Day was hosted in 1970, it was not recognized worldwide for another 20 years. Now 32 years since Earth Day went global, more than a billion people mark the day to show support for the continual protection of our planet and its inhabitants.
Earth Day calls upon individuals, governments, organizations, and all sizes of companies, to reflect on the ways they impact our planet and its hundreds of ecosystems. At Smart Plastic we grasp and actively invest in the future of our planet every day.
We’re investing in our planet so future generations of people and creatures can thrive in a flourishing and healthy world.
Smart Plastic’s President & COO was recently featured in Chicago Business’s People On The Move series.
We are proud to have Jay Tapp as the President and COO of Smart Plastic. With his lifetime of experience in the printing and packaging industry, Jay has been an invaluable leader since joining the team in 2019.
Under his guidance, the company had its most profitable year in 2020 and is on track for an incredibly ambitious 2021. We have immense goals for Smart Plastic and we know that Jay will stop at nothing to achieve them.
While protecting and maximizing the shelf life of produce is critical to our food system, we must care for the environment as well.
In an increasingly globalized food economy, the use of plastic packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables is now commonplace. Produce is particularly fragile and susceptible to heat and moisture, resulting in a short shelf life. While additional packaging protects against microbial contamination during distribution and reduces spoilage and waste, it inevitably introduces a significant amount of plastic into the environment.
ECLIPSE™ solves this problem.
While maintaining 100% recyclability, our SPTek ECLIPSE™ bio-assimilation additiveensures that any plastic that escapes the recycling system will rapidly and naturally biodegrade in both terrestrial and marine environments. With a completely customizable useful-life performance, packaging infused with ECLIPSE™ will effectively complete its function while reducing the environmental impact of plastic. With a simple 1% inclusion rate in the production process, ECLIPSE™ is ASTM 5526 and 6954 certified and FDA approved.
This sustainable polymer additive has a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetable packaging applications, including but not limited to:
COVID-19 has significantly impacted our food service industry, resulting in an increase in demand for the items required to support take-out and delivery.
In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many of the businesses being affected are in the food service industry. In lieu of welcoming customers in, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and fast food establishments are focusing on take-out and delivery. The corresponding increase in demand for food service items will present a significant problem when they inevitably escape the recycling net.
ECLIPSE™ will reduce plastic pollution.
Our proven ECLIPSE™ sustainable polymer additive ensures that plastic bio-assimilates like paper in both terrestrial and marine environments, leaving behind no microplastics. Designed for use in polyolefins like PE and PP, ECLIPSE™ is the answer to our plastic pollution problem. With a simple 1% inclusion rate in the production process, ECLIPSE™ is ASTM 5526 and 6954 certified, FDA approved and 100% recyclable.
This sustainable polymer additive has a wide range of food service item applications, including but not limited to:
With the safety and well-being of our healthcare heroes and essential workers at stake, we must use every tool available to protect them.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) provides the crucial barrier between our healthcare heroes and their dangerous working environments. Following use, all PPE must be disposed of, placing our custodial and sanitation professionals in harm's way. We must leave no stone unturned in order to mitigate the risks that our essential workers face every day.
GARD™ antimicrobial is here to help.
While the ergonomic design of PPE is key to ensuring the health and safety of our healthcare workers, we need to use every tool available to protect them. The same goes for those that handle and transport the dangerous PPE waste. Our SPTek GARD™ polymer additiveprovides up to 99.999% antimicrobial protection (a '5-log reduction') and is proven highly effective against major health threats, including dozens of dangerous both 'gram-positive and gram-negative' organisms.
This sustainable polymer additive has a wide range of PPE applications, including but not limited to:
SPTek GARD™ is a multi-purpose, FDA approved antimicrobial product that is highly effective at inhibiting pathogenic contamination in foods and extending shelf-life.
Food packaging plays an essential role in the protection and distribution of sensitive foods like dairy, bakery items, meat, fish and poultry products, and fresh fruits and vegetables. It's more important than ever to protect against pathogenic organisms that can contaminate and prematurely spoil foods.
GARD™ antimicrobial is the answer.
Food security is a major issue, and our proven GARD™ antimicrobial additive plays a central role in the solution. Assuring safety, maintaining quality and extending shelf-life are critical to all perishable food products. GARD™ antimicrobial has been extensively tested, is FDA approved and can be applied to any polymers used for food packaging, including PE, PP, PS, PET and more. With up to a '5-log reduction' in antimicrobial protection (99.999%) and proven highly effective against MRSA, Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli and dozens of common, dangerous organisms, GARD™ is the solution for your food packaging.
This sustainable polymer additive has a wide range of food packaging applications, including but not limited to:
Additionally, GARD™ does not contain any chemicals, enzymes or additives sourced from animals, making it perfectly suitable for halal, kosher and vegan certified foods.
While plastic straws have emerged as a symbol for the global plastic crisis, many substitutes come with their own set of health, performance and environmental impacts.
We all know the story. Plastic straws have emerged as a symbol for the global plastic crisis, being used for only minutes, but lasting in the environment for generations. Companies big and small are seeking eco-friendly alternatives to accommodate the strong societal attitudes toward plastic and the environment.
While the problem is real, many plastic substitutes come with their own set of health, performance and environmental impacts. Plant-based bioplastics are tricky because they require an unacceptable amount of natural resources and won't break down when composted incorrectly. Reusable straws are difficult to keep clean and are significantly more expensive. Paper straws have a greater carbon footprint throughout the manufacturing process (not to mention that delightful feeling of soggy cardboard in your mouth to accompany your favorite beverage).
Solution: the Smart Plastic ECLIPSE™ Straw.
Satisfying all of the quality requirements for hot, cold, foamy and frozen beverages while meeting eco-friendly expectations, the ECLIPSE™ Straw is up to the challenge. Made with our proven ECLIPSE™ bio-assimilation additive, the straw will biodegrade in both marine and terrestrial environments, resulting in nothing more than CO2, water and biomass. And like all plastics produced with ECLIPSE™, it is ASTM 5526 and 6954 certified, FDA approved and 100% recyclable.
We no longer need to compromise to accommodate health, performance and the environment. The ECLIPSE™ Straw delivers on all fronts.