The claim for real biodegradable plastic | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Companies, reacting to the column on the not-so-biodegradable plastic (Oct. 9), have written claiming they have the “real thing”—plastic that truly disintegrates and will not be an environmental problem.


Noli Jimenez, product manager of First in Colours (FIC), a subsidiary of D&L Industries, said the additive, Biomate, “when added to fossil-based plastic bags… made these oxo-biodegradable.”


He said FIC “also had Bionolle Starcla, a compound derived from starch and plants.” Jimenez said, “Bags made from Bionolle Starcla biodegrade in soil, compost, fresh water seawater and activated sludge where microorganisms are present.”


Danny Clark, president of Enso Plastics, said the plastics it developed “have been engineered to naturally biodegrade when exposed to microbes.” Enso Restore is an additive that produces “a product that has the same physical properties (as ordinary plastic but) is still recyclable (and) will naturally biodegrade when placed into microbial environments.”


Enso Renew “is a resin… derived from waste from agricultural processing… Used at 100 percent, the product is marine degradable, home and industrial compostable and is safe for consumption by wildlife.”


Lawrence R. Blackburn, Enso Plastics business development manager, said the “technology is… a simple  ‘food source’ formulated to attract microbes found in landfills… this plastic does not fragment, this is a true landfill biodegradable product.”


Next week I will write about a plastic manufacturer’s response to the Loughboro University study mentioned in the same column.


Photo contest


Home appliances manufacturer Electrolux Philippines’ Wear Your Passion campaign, ongoing until Dec. 30, aims to promote a balanced lifestyle and to encourage women “to take pride in their passion,” says Andrea Pionilla, group product manager.


As part of the campaign, the #WearYourPassion Photo Contest encourages participants to “express themselves and share their passion with everyone” by taking pictures of themselves wearing the outfit of the day that best represents their passion.


Entries should be uploaded on Instagram using the hashtags #WearYourPassion and #Passionista and tag @ElectroluxPH. A featured Electrolux small appliance will be given away weekly.


Visit; follow @ElectroluxPH on Twitter and Instagram.




Bin Medina wants to add Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City to the list of commercial establishments that provide the “very laudable service” of handing out plastic bags for wet umbrellas.


She hopes more establishments will follow the example of Robinsons malls, SM and Shangri-La Plaza.

Most consumers may not spare the time, like Medina, to express their appreciation for little things establishments do to make their shopping experience more pleasant and convenient, but I know they take note of them. These small things will help to make them continue patronizing stores that always think of ways to make their visits more enjoyable and comfortable.


Send letters to The Consumer, Lifestyle Section, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 1098 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Mascardo and Yague Sts, 1204 Makati City; fax 8974793/94; or e-mail [email protected].

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