Ridding the world of polluting single-use plastics
The Earth is being polluted by enormous amounts of plastic waste. We are a passionate group of scientists, engineers, and experienced business people working toward replacing petroleum-based plastic with our sustainable, compostable bio-resin.
Our planet is suffering unsustainable plastic pollution. Billions of tons of plastic is manufactured and dumped into oceans and landfills every day. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
Global production of resins and fibers increased from 2 Mt in 1950 to 380 Mt in 2015
Only about 9% of this plastic has been recycled, 12% has been burned and the remaining 79% has ended up in landfills or the environment.
Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans every year. If current production and waste management trends continue, roughly 12,000 Mt of plastic waste will be in landfills or in the natural environment by 2050.
Terra-Consumable™ Plastic Resin
Based on organic or plant-based sources instead of oil. Renewable resources are used to produce Gaiamer resin that can be organically recycled at the end of a product's life cycle and create valuable biomass during the process. The humus can be used to grow new plants, thus closing the cycle.
Compostable or biodegradable.
Able to fulfill the same applications as oil-based plastics: Gaiamer resin can be injection molded and shaped to take the same form as traditional thermoplastics
The Gaiamer Process
From The Earth To The Earth
We start with organic or plant-based sources instead of oil
Enter Gaiamer Bioresin
After use, it's returned back to the earth
Starts From the Earth
Becomes Your Product
Our Bioresin is able to fulfill the same applications as oil-based plastics: Gaiamer resin can be injection molded and shaped to take the same form as traditional thermoplastics
Returns to the Earth
Renewable resources are used to produce Gaiamer products that can be organically recycled (industrial composting and anaerobic digestion) at the end of a product's life cycle and create valuable biomass (humus) during the process. The humus can be used to grow new plants, thus closing the cycle. From The Earth To The Earth.
How Can We Help You Move Forward?
Q What is bioplastic?
A type of biodegradable plastic derived from biological substances such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch rather than from petroleum. Biodegradable plastics take only three to six months to fully decompose, far quicker than traditional petroleum plastic that can take upwards of 450 years to "degrade," while still leaving tiny persisting fragments called microplastics. Microplastics concentrate toxins on their surface and are small enough to permeate into all of our food and drinking sources.
Q What is greenwashing?
Greenwashing is a marketing tactic that uses buzz words and lack of controlled regulations within the sustainability market to give the impression that a product is better for the environment than it truly may be. Greenwashing may no longer be effective as legislations and regulations catch-up and as consumer demand for sustainability and education around the concepts continues to increase. Gaiamer's goal is to fully and honestly solve the plastic pollution problem with a product that is truly 100% biodegradable in standard environmental conditions.
Q What does Gaiamer mean?
Gaia + Polymer = Gaiamer. Gaia is the Greek word for Earth and Gaiamer produces bioplastic polymers that not only can be recycled, but at the end of its lifecycle, will reintegrate back into Earth leaving no toxins or microplastics behind.
Q What applications can Gaiamer resins be used for?
Gaiamer resin is ideally suited for single-use products and can be formed into solid filled items such as forks, knives, spoons, straws, and cups.
Q Some areas are "plastic free" and/or require items like paper straws. Is Gaiamer resin acceptable in these areas?
It could be! Gaiamer does not use PLA in any of our formulations and we follow ASTM/ISO standards to obtain certifications with regards to biodegradation. We'd love to talk to you about whether we're a fit.
Q What does terra-consumable mean?
Gaiamer has redefined what it means to be truly environmentally conscious with resins that are trademarked terra-consumable resulting in products which are earth friendly down to every last base ingredient. All components of Gaiamer resin come from renewable sources that will biodegrade and ultimately break down into simple components that return to the earth such as water, carbon dioxide and other biomass.