Green Air Cushions
Environmentally Friendly Packaging
Our Green Air Cushions are the right choice for the environment and for protecting your valuable products.
Our Green Air Cushions are the next generation of sustainable packaging for businesses looking to address the environmental concerns of their customers. From manufacturing to disposal, our Green Air Cushions are made to provide superior product protection while being environmentally friendly. Unlike traditional bubble material, many of our film designs allow air to move (or transfer) between cells, providing superior product cushioning protection.
Benefits over traditional premade bubble air cushion material
- Biodegradable - our Green Air Cushions contain an additive that accelerates biodegradation when in the presence of microorganisms. The rate and time for biodegradation varies depending on conditions
- Made from 100% recyclable material
- Superior performing cushioning and protection
- 11% less energy used in its production
- Emits 11% less greenhouse gas emissions in its production
- Reduces damage - unique air transfer technology improves cushioning
Green Air Cushions are eco friendly, protective packaging products
Products labeled 'biodegradable' are not offered for sale in the state of California. For more information please see:
FAQ on California laws on biodegradability
Our Green Air Cushions are a better environmental choice than traditional bubble
Our Green Air Cushions come in an easy to identify, light green color for customer awareness.
Our Green Air Cushions save money by eliminating traditional bubble transportation, handling and storage costs.
Our biodegradable air cushions deliver a cost-effective, durable packing material to your customers that provides superior product cushioning and protection. It simultaneously provides an environmentally responsible product that is lightweight, recyclable, reusable and biodegradable.
Our biodegradable air cushions can be deflated and recycled with plastic bags. For recycling, you also have the option of returning deflated cushions to us at: FP International Recycling Program, 16850 South Canal St., Thornton, Illinois, 60476.
FP International has a substantial record of environmental achievements. In 1990, FP International was the first company to recycle post-consumer, polystyrene foam packaging and use the recycled material to make new loosefill from 100% recycled material. FP International received national recognition with the Administrator's Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency, and also received numerous state and local awards for environmental commitment and recycling programs. As of 2009, the company has recycled in excess of 140 million pounds of expanded polystyrene worldwide.
Important facts about our Green Air Cushions
What makes the product biodegrade?
Our biodegradable air cushions are made from 100% recyclable material that contains a proprietary additive, which will allow the product to grade in the presence of microorganisms. The rate and time for biodegradation varies depending on conditions.
This additive does not affect the performance or the shelf life of our product because biodegradation only occurs in the presence of microorganisms which are present in landfills, home and commercial composting, and other areas where they exist in nature. The products will biodegrade in aerobic (with air) and anaerobic (without air) conditions.
What causes the product to biodegrade?
Our degradable products contain an additive that promotes the formation of a microscopic bio-film on the surface of our air cushions. Microorganisms in the bio-film secrete acids and enzymes that break down the long polymer chains into smaller pieces, which can then be digested by the microorganisms.
How do we know the product will biodegrade?
Numerous plastic samples that use the additive have been tested by independent laboratories, in accordance with standard test methods approved by ASTM and other standardization bodies, to determine the rate and extent of biodegradation of plastic materials. The test methods include:
• ASTM D5511 - Anaerobic Biodegradability (Simulates landfill).
• ASTM D5338 - Aerobic Biodegradation under Controlled Composting Conditions.
• ASTM 5209 - Aerobic Biodegradation in the Presence of Municipal Sewage Sludge.
The results of these tests concluded that plastic products manufactured with this additive are biodegradable and safe for the environment. We have preformed aerobic testing in which our product biodegraded in one year.
Outside laboratories have tested our products using Biochemical Methane Potential testing, which results demonstrate degradation in landfill conditions. We are continuing to perform additional testing.
What is left when the product biodegrades?
After biodegradation, the resulting material has been transformed into simple molecules found in the environment, such as carbon dioxide, methane, water, inorganic compounds or biomass with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
Is our biodegradable products an OXO or OXI based product?
No, our biodegradable air cushions are not OXO or OXI based additive products.
OXO or OXI based products break down in the presence of heat, light or mechanical
stress. They also may leave heavy metal residue as they degrade.
Does the additive impact the product's characteristics?
This additive does not affect the recyclability of the product nor the product's
performance as an excellent, light weight, protective packaging material.
Is there any special handling for this product?
No special handling is required to load, use or store the material.
From a packer's standpoint, are there any safety issues with handling?
No, the additive is made only from FDA recognized materials and is not known to contain hazardous materials, as outlined by current OSHA regulations.
Will the additive transfer to other products?
No, the additive must be mixed with the raw materials during the production of the finished packaging material and becomes a non-transferable part of the product.
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