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Embracing Biodegradability – the Way for a Sustainable Future

Updated: Jul 27, 2023


In today's world, where environmental concerns are at the forefront, the concept of biodegradability has emerged as a promising solution. As we strive to build a sustainable future, the ability of materials to naturally break down without causing harm to the environment has become increasingly important.


It is indeed safe to say that biodegradability is the future we should embrace.


Environmental Impact


Biodegradability presents a viable alternative for plastics by ensuring that products, once disposed of, can dissolve causing no harm to the environment. Thus, Solutum developed a novel material that feels, looks and behaves like plastic, but:


  • Dissolves in water at ambient temperature after a predetermined delay time

  • Then biodegrades into CO₂ H₂O and biomass leaving no microplastics or toxic residue


This way, Solutum’s unique material can be suitable for a wide range of applications; this significantly reduces the accumulation of waste in landfills and decreases pollution levels, paving the way for a cleaner, healthier environment.


Waste Reduction and Resource Conservation


By embracing biodegradability, Solutum can make substantial progress in waste reduction. Biodegradable materials, such as compostable packaging or bioplastics, can be efficiently processed in composting facilities or industrial composters. Additionally, the use of renewable resources to create biodegradable products helps conserve precious fossil fuels and reduces the strain on non-renewable resources.


Circular Economy


The concept of a circular economy aims to minimize waste and maximize resource efficiency. Biodegradable materials align perfectly with this vision, as they can be integrated into closed-loop systems. Composting and anaerobic digestion facilities can turn biodegradable waste into useful byproducts, such as bioenergy or fertilizers. This closed-loop approach reduces the reliance on traditional waste management systems and promotes the recycling and repurposing of materials, creating a more sustainable and self-sufficient ecosystem.



Consumer Preference and Market Opportunities


With growing awareness about environmental issues, consumers are actively seeking products that align with their values. Thus, some manufacturers decided to use paper bags as an alternative to plastic ones. Indeed, paper bags do have some advantages over their plastic counterparts, however, it is essential to recognize their limitations as a comprehensive environmental solution. E.g., deforestation, significant energy and water footprint, limited reusability and durability, compared to bioplastic bags, and more.


Biodegradability has gained significant traction among environmentally conscious individuals, and companies that offer biodegradable solutions and alternatives to plastic are reaping the rewards. The demand for eco-friendly alternatives has created a new market niche, driving innovation and investment in biodegradable materials and technologies. Embracing biodegradability not only allows businesses to meet consumer demands but also positions them as responsible and sustainable enterprises.


Contributing to Sustainable Development Goals


Governments and regulatory bodies around the world are recognizing the importance of biodegradability in achieving environmental goals. Thus, Solutum contributes to 6 out of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG’s). By embracing biodegradability, Solutum stays ahead of regulatory changes and proactively contributes to sustainability targets.


Biodegradability is not just a passing trend for us; it is a fundamental shift in the way we approach product design, waste management, and resource conservation. It offers a myriad of benefits, including reduced environmental impact, waste reduction, circularity, and market opportunities. As we strive for a sustainable future, biodegradability is a crucial component in our journey. Embracing biodegradability not only ensures a healthier planet for future generations but also presents a pathway to innovation, economic growth, and a more harmonious relationship with our environment. Let us embrace biodegradability as the way forward and together shape a better tomorrow.





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