A clean technology No matter how long you spend cleaning a field, it will always contain plastic residues, and they’ll be there for a very, very long time, maybe as long as 400 years. And is it realistic to send in the crew to clean up the little bits of plastic that contaminate the field? FilmOrganic mulch film leaves no residues or contaminants in soil, so the SOIL STAYS CLEAN. In the following spring, there could remain some traces of bioplastic, but these are brittle and usually have the structure of burnt paper. They will disappear during the season. FilmOrganic only uses raw materials that meet the ASTM D-6400 compostability standard. This standard requires that at least 90% mulch biodegrades in humus, water and carbon dioxide in 180 days or less when in a controlled environment. Biodegradation happens via bacterial digestion and there is no adverse effect on the earth, either during or after decomposition. FilmOrganic mulch films contain no harmful additives. It biodegrades naturally when it is in the ground. Finalement, les matières premières utilisées dans la fabrication du paillis filmOrganic rencontrent les exigences de salubrité alimentaire de la directive 2002/72/CE, des avis 372 et 780 sur le contact alimentaire de la FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) ainsi que les normes canadiennes. FilmOrganic mulch film is not oxo-degradable or photodegradable plastic. FilmOrganic mulch film is not an oxodegradable or photodegradable plastic. These are made of polyethylene to which 1 or 2 % of a metal based additive is added. In theory, these the polyethylene breaks down with sunlight. The reality is vastly different because different crops shade the film. So it doesn’t fragment. And the portion that is buried in the soil doesn’t ever see sunlight, so it stays intact. There are 7 major problems with this technology: 1- The buried film takes many years to fragment because it is never exposed to sunlight. 2- Plastic film catches on harrows and planting equipment. 3- It is next to impossible to properly control the longevity of the film on the soil bed. 4- Strong and resistant plastic film is incorporated into the soil. 5- Long strips of film fly away and catch in surrounding trees or fences. 6- There is no evidence of biodegradability of this film, according to an internationally recognized standard. 7- Because there is no evidence of biodegradation, the soil is gradually contaminated with plastic residues. For more information on so-called oxodegradable, please read; U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warning on oxodegradable claims Oxo-degradable plastics should not be considered biodegradable Les travailleurs n’ont plus à respirer la poussière et résidus de toute sorte lors du ramassage. Finalement, les matières premières utilisées dans la fabrication du paillis filmOrganic rencontrent les exigences de salubrité alimentaire de la directive 2002/72/CE, des avis 372 et 780 sur le contact alimentaire de la FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) ainsi que les normes canadiennes.