Thank you – By choosing a product that came packaged in Hydropol™ and scanning its QR code to find out more, you’re helping to protect the planet from further polluting plastics.
Hydropol™ is an innovative, patented, British technology that has been developed over 10 years of research and development to bring a solution to the world’s plastic crisis and to drive the change towards a circular economy. In collaboration with Aquapak Polymers Ltd, Eco Garment Bags brings Hydropol technology to the fashion sector to offer a solution to the 200 billion polybags used by the industry annually. Hydropol garment bags are unique in that they look and feel just like plastic, but they cannot cause any harm at the end of their life, regardless of how they are disposed of.
We understand the frustration of having packaging but not knowing the best way to dispose of it. The good news is that as well as being reusable, this bag will not cause any harm to the environment whichever way you choose. However, the quickest and easiest way is to dissolve it with hot water (and is a neat way to entertain friends and family with its “magic”!)
Dissolve in hot water – Your bag has been engineered to dissolve in hot water. Either dissolve it in a large pot of hot water ≥70C/158F or place it directly into a sink and pour hot water over it. The bag will quickly dissolve and biodegrade safely in the wastewater system.
Recycling – Hydropol bags can be safely be placed in plastic recycling bins. As all the plastic goes through a hot wash to remove labels or other debris before the recycling process starts, the bag will simply dissolve away, leaving only the plastic to be recycled behind. Where facilities exist, Hydropol™ can be identified and separated using Infra-Red to allow recovery and recycling.
Composting – Your Hydropol bag can be composted. However, with access to composting limited, we recommend disposal in hot water.
General waste – Hydropol will biodegrade safely in both aerobic and anaerobic landfills as well as anaerobic digestion plants.
What if a Hydropol bag ends up in the ocean? Hydropol is designed to safely biodegrade on land or sea. Research has confirmed that it will not harm ocean flora or fauna. If a creature did accidentally ingest it, their stomachs will process it like their usual food although it won’t be as tasty or nutritious!
– Aquapak Polymers developed Hydropol™ to help drive the change to more sustainable packaging and a circular economy. It’s made from PVOH,- Polyvinyl Alcohol, which is more commonly known for its use as surgical stitches and dishwasher tablet coatings. It’s both naturally biodegradable and hydrophilic (water loving). This bag was made on machines that used to make garment bags out of traditional plastics such as PE and LDPE. It’s strong and offers the same protection as other bags against dirt, oil and grease but is designed to #LeaveNoTrace at the end of its life. Please take a look at the rest of our website to understand more about the our Hydropol garment bags.
For more information on your polybag please download our pdf ‘Hydropol – the solution to fashion’s polybag problem’ ATTACHED
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