Recycled and Biodegradable Products Promoted for Earth Day

The push to become more environmentally conscious has been an issue for quite some time. Although it may not always be easy, being aware of the products that you use and how you dispose of them is a great place to start.

C-Line has made a conscious effort in the past to contribute to this effort by releasing an entire line of recycled and biodegradable office products. You can find everything from recycled sheet protectors to biodegradable pencil cases.

C-Line's Recycled Project FolderTake a look at C-Line’s Recycled Project Folder!

Many of the recycled products have been made from 70% pre-consumer recycled content. C-Line was the first to develop a recycled polypropylene top loading sheet protector. Within this category, there are project folders, binders and paper portfolios to choose from.

In order to be considered a biodegradable product, the polypropylene material used to make the product has to contain an additional additive that allows it to biodegrade when tested, according to the ASTM D5511. To be more technical, C-Line sheet protectors (04907) and C-Line Binders (48300) exhibit a 5.56% (04907) and a 3.78% (48300) weight loss after sixteen days at 52 degrees Celsius while untreated products showed no weight loss.  In a longer test of similar film treated with EcoPure, Polyethylene, 1 cm thick cross linked grey foam, has been found to biodegrade an average of 43.0% in 518 days under conditions that simulate a biologically active landfill, using the ASTM D5511-02 test method.  Tests are generally conducted using 20% to 30% solids content; solids content in naturally wetter landfills range from 55% to 65%, while the driest landfills may reach 93%. Actual biodegradation rates will vary in biologically-active landfills according to the type of plastic used, the product configuration, and the solid content, temperature and moisture levels of the landfill.

The cause of becoming more sensitive to environmental issues to extremely important and C-Line continues to try to do what they can to contribute.

Happy Earth Day to all! Are you doing anything special for Earth Day? Share with us below.

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