Island Plastic Bags, Inc. has always been environmentally conscious. As a local business in Hawaii, the company believes that it is our responsibility to do our part to protect the ʻĀina. The company also believes that not only is being environmentally conscious our responsibility, the company believes it is good business. The following are ways in which the company has incorporated green processes and technologies into our business:

  • The company uses recycled plastics to manufacture a majority of its plastic bags
  • The company recycles plastic scraps on its premises reducing waste in the manufacturing process and diverting plastics away from Hawaii's landfills
  • The company has built a 546 panel photovoltaic system on its roof to reduce its dependence on energy from non-renewable sources and to reduce its operating expenses
  • The company has embraced new technologies that produce biodegradable* bags that offer a myriad of environmental and social benefits

ECM Biofilms, Inc.

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ECM Biofilms, Inc. manufactures an additive that when added to plastics like polyethylene and polystyrene it renders the end products biodegradable*. Plastics manufactured with the ECM additive will break down completely into water, carbon dioxide, and humus in the presence of oxygen or into methane, carbon dioxide, and humus without the presence of oxygen under conditions within a landfill. The two advantages of this biodegradable* technology over other biodegradable technologies are as follows:

  • Plastic bags and cutlery manufactured using this additive retain the strength, memory, and flexibility of regular polyethylene and polystyrene products. Other biodegradable technologies produce bags that lack the desirable characteristics of plastics.
  • Manufacturers do not have to change their production methods to use this additive making this biodegradable* technology more affordable than other biodegradable technologies.

Plastic bags and cutlery manufactured using the additive do not degrade until they come in contact with micro-organisms. This means that the plastic bags and cutlery will not degrade in your warehouse, store, office, or home. The bags and cutlery will degrade in a landfill or when the bags and cutlery come into contact with soil in another location. The additive allows the plastics to biodegrade* aerobically or anaerobically (with or without oxygen). The additive also allows the plastics to biodegrade* with or without the presence of light.

The ECM Biofilm technology has been tested using the following test methods:

  • ASTM D5209 “Standard Test Method for Determining the Aerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials in the Presence of Municipal Sewage Sludge”
  • ISO 14855 / ASTM D5338 “Standard Test Method for Determining Aerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under Controlled Composting Conditions, Incorporating Thermophilic Temperatures”
  • ASTM 5511 “Standard Test Method for Determining Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under High-Solids Anaerobic Digestion Conditions”

For more information on ECM Biofilm technology, click here.

For more information about the ASTM standards noted above, click here.

Island Plastic Bags, Inc. uses ECM Biofilm technology to manufacture biodegradable* T-shirt (grocery or take out) bags, can liners, and cutlery. For more information about the products Island Plastic Bags, Inc. manufactures using ECM technology, contact us.

PCO2 Bags

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Island Plastic Bags, Inc. sells PCo2 bags, which are not only biodegradable they are compostable (degrade in 90 days or less in a composting facility). Pco2 bags are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) as biodegradable and compostable and have passed the following testing:

  • ASTM D6400 “Standard Specification for Labeling of Plastics Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities”
  • ASTM D6868 “Standard Specification for Labeling of End Items that Incorporate Plastics and Polymers as Coatings or Additives with Paper and Other Substrates Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities”

Pco2 bags contain no polyethylene and can be manufactured in a variety of bag styles, including: T-shirt (grocery or take out) bags and can liners. PCo2 bags are designed to be composted at an industrial facility. You should contact your local composting facility to determine whether they allow the disposal of compostable bags at their facility.

Eco-Fiber Bags

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Eco-Fiber bags are made of a unique paper that has cotton fibers running through it to give the bag added strength to help prevent tearing, wrinkling, and stretching. These innovative and stylish bags are made from 100% natural fibers. Eco-Fiber bags also have the following characteristics:

  • Reusable
  • Sustainable
  • Lightweight

These bags are great for retail, resale, and promotional applications.

Bamboo Bags

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Island Plastic Bags, Inc. sells non-woven, reusable bamboo bags that are made from 100% bamboo fibers. These bags have the following characteristics:

  • Reusable
  • Sustainable
  • Renewable
  • Washable

Jute Bags

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Island Plastic Bags, Inc. sells non-woven, reusable jute bags. These bags have the following characteristics:

  • Reusable
  • Sustainable
  • Renewable
  • Washable

* 49.28% biodegradation in 900 days under non-typical conditions. No evidence of further biodegradation.

For more information about PCO2, Eco-Fiber, Bamboo, and Jute bags sold by Island Plastic Bags, Inc., contact us.