Plastic waste is notorious for taking too long to decompose, but a Richmond firm is changing that.
“This is absolutely game-changing for the plastic packaging industry,” said Mark Rose, vice-president of Flexible Packaging, Layfield Group at 11120 Silversmith Place.
The company’s new technology, the BioFlex package, allows its plastic packaging to degrade in 10 years, according to Rose.
The package looks like an ordinary Ziploc bag. It has a closure strip and patterns on the cover, and comes in different sizes and colours. It can be used for packaging products such as coffee, peanuts or potato chips.
“The closure strip is degradable within 10 years, too,” said Rose.
He said many companies have agreed to converting their packaging to BioFlex, and the company is expanding to meet demand. Since its launch three months ago, the company has hired 25 new employees and is going to hire another 25, said Rose.
“Our problem now is that we …
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