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Tuffy Degradable Refuse Sack / Binliner

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Disappears without a trace. Reduces the build up of methane gas.
Saves tonnes of valuable landfill space. Saves you vast amounts of money. Imagine the benefits of a refuse sack that is, in every shape and form, totally environmentally friendly. A sack that leaves no dangerous chemicals. A sack that aids the environment by degrading to C02 and water.

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      15.10.2001 21:57
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      Shiny black plastic pulled taught over nubile flesh, hmmmm I had thought that finding something interesting to say about bin liners would be pretty tough. Though to be honest that mental image is very inspirational, well it does it for me anyway and to be perfectly frank without an interesting hook why else would you read an op about bin liners? Most people write ops about the mundane and boring things in life like toilet rolls as an exercise or as a comedy op or just because they can’t think of anything else to write about. Very few people could honestly put their hands on their hearts and say they were truly passionate about toilet roll, if they could, I wouldn’t spend too much time around them.... Bin liners I think fall into the same category, so much so that there wasn’t a category for it when I wrote this, why did I write it?? I’m not really writing this to extol the virtues of bin liners in general to be honest I’m quite indifferent to them, you’ll be thankful to know. I always try and be environmentally aware when buying products. Particularly when it comes to products whose only function is to be thrown away, like loo roll and bin liners, I always buy recycled products. I did until I found Tuffy degradable bin liners. As some of you may be aware my job as a environmental microbiologist has me grubbing around all sorts of unsavory places, my current position deals with pig muck amongst other things. A previous position I had dealt with disposal of heavy metals (not the musical kind) in landfill, that’s a rubbish tip to the uninitiated. So we had barrow fulls of seasoned rubbish to sort through by hand. One thing that is very apparent when you up to your elbows in garbage is that there is a lot of bin liners in there, I suppose it obvious since it takes a long time for the bin liners to eventually degrade into nothing. This is whe re Tuffy came in and created the worlds first degradable bin liner. What on earth is the benefit of that? Since it essentially disappears, over time it reduces the amount of waste in the landfill which is a very valuable commodity, 80,000 tonnes of polythene generated from refuse sack production in the UK alone. This saves local councils and government money and you money indirectly by reducing taxes etc. (Is that naive of me to say that, you’d hope it would be the case anyway) The sacks also reduce methane gas build up, this is a potent greenhouse gas, granted it does degrade into Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and water and CO2 is a greenhouse gas too, but it isn’t as potent as methane. Also since it dissolves into CO2 and water, which we produce ourselves, there are no other dangerous trace chemicals left as a potential risk for future generations. And dangerous chemicals will not enter the water tables in the leachate (very yukky and very smelly water which runs of the tips, with which I became very familiar) The plastic used is EPI® DCP® (the degradable additive) and will remain stable in a protected environment, such as your kitchen cupboard or a shop shelf, but expose it to the elements and it will begin to degrade, excess heat or Ultra Violet light (known as sunlight to non scientific types) begin the process. A visit to the website www.symphonyplastics.co.uk is packed full of information which all point to the fact that it breaks down quickly. The tests are all recognized by the scientific and industrial communities. Basically the material is tested with heat, UV, oxygen and stress and the molecular weight is determined, if the molecular weight of the plastic has decreased it means it has degraded. This degradation means the plastic becomes less durable and so breaks down more rapidly, its a downward spiral. The figures are quite impressive "Your sample did NOT survive 72 hours exposure (nor mally 720 hours+), equal to 9 TUVR. Several samples were already very brittle and were totally destroyed." Exxon (one of the independent test labs used in trails) Now environmentally the bin liners are sound the downside of this is that they have a definite shelf life or they will rot and be of no use at all. Tuffy recommend to keep out of the sun in a cool environment (the kitchen cupboard). It’s best to avoid storing bags in the sun, in hot garages, outside sheds or your car. Another downside is that they aren’t exceptionally tough, they are OK for standard household use but I wouldn’t recommend them for heavy use such as gardening or building, still that’s common sense, you are unlikely to use a normal bin liner for heavy refuse anyway. Since they aren’t long life as such I’d suggest you buy two types of bags, one for disposal and the other for long term storage. For example all those bin liners full of junk in your loft, if they were in a Tuffy bag, they be all over your loft floor before you know it. For something like this you’d expect to pay a premium price, in my experience having an environmental conscience is never cheap but they do come in at a reasonable price, Tescos charge £1.69 for a roll of 10 (17p each) compared to their own brand at £1.79 for 10 (18p each) of course there are cheaper alternatives, for instance you can buy bulk rolls of 100% recycled bags for £2.59 for 30 (9p each) which is suppose is economical but there is always a price attached...... Tuffy bags are available at Tescos and Symphony plastics can be contacted at this address Symphony Environmental Limited Sales and Marketing Elstree House Elstree Way, Borehamwood Hertfordshire, WD6 1LS. TEL: (44) 020 8207 5900 FAX: (44) 020 8207 5960 E MAIL: info@symphonyplastics.co.uk w ww.symphonyplastics.co.uk

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