SmartSolve Passes Marine Biodegradation Standards

In a recent study conducted by California State University, SmartSolve’s biodegradable material was compared to a sample of pure cellulose and bacterial polyesters known for being biodegradable. The biodegradability of waste materials in an ocean environment is important due to the potential impact on the environment and the lifeforms that inhabit it. The conclusion of the experiment found that SmartSolve material passed the established marine biodegradation standards with honors.

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The Impact of Ocean Pollution

Insoluble waste such as plastic has a significant impact on the planet’s oceans. Its presence in the ocean disrupts the lives of the vast number of organisms that live in the seas or along the coasts. Whales, dolphins, turtles, fish, and other sea life come into contact with the plastic products, which can either strangle or harm them without a viable way to remove the obstructions. The toxins created by the waste can also affect their health. What makes these products particularly dangerous is both how their presence can wipe out entire species and their permanence in these environments due to their insoluble nature.

The Experiment

CSU’s experiment, initiated by Canaima Technologies and conducted by the university’s Chico Research Foundation, sought to understand the biodegradation of certain materials under standards set by ASTM International’s biodegradation guidelines, ATSM D7081-05.

The samples, one gram of SmartSolve paper and one gram of the ordinary paper, were added to separate jars with 100 ml of ocean water and five grams of ocean soil, at the temperature of 30 degrees Celsius for 182 days. The degradation process was examined weekly via examination of carbon dioxide (CO2), pure cellulose, and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs; a bacterial polyester that is known for its biodegradability), were used as reference points.

The Results

The results of the experiment demonstrated that the SmartSolve material passed the marine biodegradation standards set by ATSM D7081-05 with honors.

The researchers found that the material degraded around 30% more than the celluloid. In fact, the SmartSolve paper sample achieved the required 90% degradation after only 82 days. This is half the time that was originally set up in the test.

Based on these findings, the specialists concluded that SmartSolve degrades at a much faster rate than natural, bacterial polyesters such as cellulose and PHAs.

Make the Safest Choice

As you can see, SmartSolve’s material effectively biodegrades to decrease the negative impact on the ocean caused by plastic pollutants. SmartSolve can help you significantly reduce that harm by converting your products and packaging to SmartSolve’s bio-based material that can help save our oceans and our planet.

Go Beyond Recycling™

Connect with SmartSolve today to explore our line of eco-friendly, water-soluble bio-based products and learn How2Recycle for the good of our planet!

Looking for packaging, labeling, and other eco-friendly, water-soluble products?

Consider SmartSolve.

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SmartSolve Board Stock Provides Infection Protection

Despite the importance of preventative colorectal cancer screenings, there are still many unpleasant patient experiences throughout the testing process. 

  • Traditional stool collection procedures often neglect suggested hygiene practices. 

  • Complications can easily arise during the process, through specimen contamination or other means which will compromise the specimen’s accuracy.

  • The overall process of sample collection is rather unpleasant given the nature of procuring a stool sample. 

To resolve these issues, SmartSolve water-soluble board stock provides an environmentally sustainable solution with the FlushAway Single-Use Stool Collector™.

Importance and Risks of Screenings

The process of colorectal screening – or checking healthy people for cancer – may seem simple, but it is often fraught with complexity and uncertainty. Some testing, for instance, may not only be invasive and uncomfortable but may also harm the patient in the process. Many individuals are hesitant to take the preventative plunge which may be why colon cancer kills nearly 50,000 Americans each year. The medical community understands that early screening could prevent a great number of these deaths so they continue to search for new methods to improve the comprehensive screening process and its effectiveness.

For example, in one study, researchers tracked a group of nearly 89,000 individuals for approximately 22 years. Throughout the duration of this study, researchers discovered that individuals who participated in routine screenings, including colonoscopy, were 56% less likely to develop colon cancer than those who did not receive screenings. Another experiment concluded that individuals who participate in yearly stool sample reviews are 32% less likely to develop colon cancer than patients who opt for standard medical care.

Despite the lifesaving benefits of bowel cancer screenings for patients, current collection methods can place healthcare professionals at risk. Traditional sample methods can expose workers to dangerous pathogens and bacteria which can lead to infections and serious illness. Additional complications, such as specimen contamination or incomplete samples, can even require longer, more elaborate collection procedures. The overall colorectal screening process is generally renowned for being unpleasant for all parties involved.

Benefits of FlushAway Stool Collector

After identifying many of these challenges, SmartSolve has collaborated with McCormack Innovations to go beyond the traditional colorectal screening process. Through this collaboration, they have created the FlushAway Stool Collector, an easy to use device that resolves many of these issues:

  • Reduces specimen contamination and sample exposure risks

  • Simplifies the sample collection procedure while reducing potential complications

  • Water-soluble board stock is flushable and environmentally sustainable

  • Unique design will accommodate both hospital and residential sample collection

By assembling the device according to the instructions, patients can form the collection dish and place it directly in the toilet. They can then take their specimen sample and simply flush the devise and its contents away once the stool is collected.

This product is currently designed to fit European facilities; however, a new design will soon be released to accommodate American plumbing standards. The FlushAway Stool Collector by SmartSolve increases the safety and efficiency of lifesaving colorectal screening procedures. 

If you would like to learn more about this product or other bio-based water-soluble solutions, contact SmartSolve today.

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Quarterly Innovation: Q1 2019 in Review

Going Beyond with SmartSolve

What exactly is SmartSolve’s innovative water-soluble technology and how can SmartSolve help your company meet sustainability goals? CONTACT US…


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Featured SmartSolve Innovation

SmartSolve has recently partnered with McCormack Innovations to change the way patients and healthcare institutions conduct bowel cancer screenings. Even though many individuals understand the importance of early Colorectal Cancer detection, the screening process still presents rather unpleasant challenges for both patients and medical professionals alike. The FlushAway Stool Collector was designed with these challenges in mind and makes stool sampling easy whether the patient is testing at home or in a hospital setting. Simply form the dish according to the package instructions, place the unit in the toilet, take the requested stool sample, and flush the devise and its contents away. It is that simple. LEARN MORE…


A Message from our Director

“Our experienced team empowers businesses to implement sustainable, bio-based innovations into existing manufacturing processes and packaging initiatives. Your knowledge, experience, and vision coupled with our science, materials, and engineering will enable you to set a new standard in your industry.” — Jonathan J.

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SPC Impact 2019

SPC Impact is a four day event that provides businesses with an extraordinary opportunity to create unity and synergy around global sustainability movements. Visit booth number 6 to learn about SmartSolve’s mission to go beyond recycling in order to make the world a better place for future generations! LEARN MORE…

SmartSolve to Exhibit at SPC Impact 2019

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SmartSolve is proud to announce that they will be exhibiting in booth 6 at SPC Impact 2019, April1-4 at the Westin Seattle Hotel, located in Seattle, Washington. SPC Impact is a four-day event that is organized by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and is open to both members and non-members. This event provides businesses—particularly those in the sustainable packaging field—with an incredible opportunity to unite and synergize around global sustainability movements. 

The theme of this year’s SPC Impact event will be “Finding Balance”. The event encourages participants to go beyond reactionary responses and dedicate themselves to finding the root cause of challenges to sustainability, changing the conversation, and creating new ways to use sustainable packaging materials to create meaningful change that will shape future generations. 

I am excited to share our water-soluble innovations and our strong dedication to sustainability. SPC Impact is the perfect place to showcase how our products stand out in creating a better future for the next generation.
— SmartSolve director Jonathan Jakubowski

Our mission to Go Beyond Recycling when it comes to creating environmentally sustainable products makes us a perfect fit for SPC Impact’s main goal for this year. Check out our booth, talk to our team members, and learn more about our extensive line of sustainable, water-soluble products for your business, from pouches and labels to paper and tape

SmartSolve director Jonathan Jakubowski had this to say about the company’s involvement in the event: “I am excited to share our water-soluble innovations and our strong dedication to sustainability. SPC Impact is the perfect place to showcase how our products stand out in creating a better future for the next generation.” 

We look forward to the opportunity to share our line of eco-friendly, water-soluble, bio-based products, as well as explore future business partnerships that will contribute toward creating a more sustainable tomorrow. Contact us today!

Bio-Based vs. Petroleum-Based: Which Packaging is Best?

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As society becomes increasingly concerned about its impact on the environment, innovations that mitigate the damage done and improve on yesterday’s methods continue to emerge . One of these innovations is bio-based packaging, which is made of materials derived from renewable plant or animal feedstocks. Tree fiber-based packaging materials, such as SmartSolve’s innovative paper-based pouches, are a classic example. The packaging industry is embracing bio-based material as a replacement for petroleum-based packaging materials. 

Learn more about how SmartSolve’s bio-based innovation improves upon petroleum-based packaging products.

Advantages of Bio-Based Packaging

The nature of bio-based materials as an organic alternative has made them an increasingly appealing material choice for the packaging industry. Bio-based materials present several benefits, including:

  • Greater flexibility. Bio-based materials are capable of being greatly altered and modified. This includes changes in textures, shapes, and barrier width, making them more adaptable and cost-effective for packaging companies.

  • Less environmental impact. Although not all bio-based materials are biodegradable, the large majority are, which means bacteria can decompose them into their organic components. This reduces their impact on the environment, making them more sustainable.

  • More appealing. The reputation of bio-based materials as more environmentally friendly has boosted their appeal to the general public. This popularity makes both the packaging and the product more marketable. Also, some features of bio-based products are more attractive in general, such as aesthetics of the design and texture.

Disadvantages of Petroleum-Based Packaging

The use of bio-based packaging is slowly displacing the use of petroleum-based packaging in the industry. Petroleum-based materials present several drawbacks compared to bio-based alternatives.

  • Nonbiodegradable. These oil-based products are largely incapable of degrading, which means they invade the habitats of both land and water-based organisms. Their lasting presence also negatively impacts all parts of the environment, such as landfills, wildlife and food systems.

  • More expensive. Petroleum-based packaging and materials create more expenses, since cities must spend millions to clean them up and create landfills to dispose of them. Plus, their presence pollutes water sources, fishing areas and tourist areas. This can contribute to a loss of revenue for those industries as well. The fluctuating cost of oil makes it less cost-effective and difficult to predict packaging costs.

  • Less sustainable. The creation of these packaging materials depletes fossil fuels, which also leads to the release of chemicals that further damage the environment. For these reasons, petroleum-based packaging is significantly less sustainable.

Go Beyond Recycling™

Connect with SmartSolve today to explore our line of eco-friendly, water-soluble, bio-based products and learn How2Recycle for the good of our planet!

Looking for packaging, labeling and other eco-friendly, water-soluble products? 

Consider SmartSolve. 

Contact us today to request samples or to receive a quote.

Sustainable, Friendly and More: Sorting Out Environmental Terminology

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When you are searching for products that leave behind less of an impact on the environment, you might become overwhelmed by the terminology that describes them. There are many products that end with “-friendly” and you might not understand certain terms like “water-soluble” and “sustainability”. 

Learn more about these terms and make wiser decisions by taking a quick crash course in terminology below:

Water-Soluble

Water-solubility is the measurement of how much a specific substance dissolves or disperses when submerged in water. Water-soluble paper products benefit the environment by biodegrading through exposure to the common element of water.

SmartSolve materials, for example, are water-soluble based on their dispersion upon contact with water.

Bio-Based

In the conversation surrounding environmentally-friendly terms, bio-based has become a buzzword.

Bio-based products are industrial or commercial products that are either entirely composed, or mostly composed, of either biological products, renewable agricultural materials, or components from forestry. Bio-based materials degrade faster due to their organic makeup, reducing the impact of waste on the environment. 

Of note: uncoated SmartSolve water-soluble paper is 100% bio-based.

Sustainability

Another popular term that comes up when discussing environmentally beneficial products and technologies is their sustainability.

Sustainability measures a material, item, or action based on the benefits it creates for the environment, economy and society, while also avoiding the depletion of resources or pollution generation. 

Essentially, a product or action that is sustainable does as much as possible to avoid compromising future generations’ ability to meet their environmental, economic and societal needs. 

Nothing is entirely sustainable, so this measurement compares the sustainability of one product, material or action to another one. In the case of water-soluble paper, it is considerably more sustainable than current alternatives available in the market today.

The “Friendly” Terms

Finally, when describing products and items that are beneficial to the environment, people often use the terms “environmentally friendly,” “earth friendly,” and “eco-friendly” to describe them. In a way, these descriptors have become catchwords for anything that helps—or prevents harm to—the environment.

“Environmentally friendly” is the most formal and accurate of the terms, as it simply means something is not harmful to the planet. Other terms, like “eco-friendly” and “earth friendly” generally indicate the same concept, so people use them interchangeably. There is no significant difference.

By understanding a few of these terms, you can educate yourself further on the topic and make more informed decisions when purchasing products or taking actions to keep the environment safe.

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