Euthabag and the environment
Is Euthabag biodegradable?
According to regional statistics, more than 90% of animals will be cremated and not buried.
The speed of deterioration of Euthabag is actually not the priority because the skeleton of the animal will persist for decades or more. In the event that the site is excavated, voluntarily or not, by a human being or an animal, it is essential that the remains are at least contained in a bag.
Our primary concern for the environment, is that the cover contains no heavy metals that can contaminate the soil. It is for this reason that the recycled material we use is post-consumer recycled and not industrial-recycled.
Many of the products currently on the market, used to bury animals, have claimed to be comprised of ‘Biodegradable matter’. However, this “Biodegradable matter” is actually comprised of genetically modified corn starch which deals extensively with the corresponding pesticides used to secure the crops. So, we then need to ask ourselves: are they really as ‘green’ as they’ve insinuated?
In 2016, ongoing biodegradability studies in a tropical and temperate environment were started. Findings after 8 months revealed that the animals’ skeleton was dry and totally devoid of flesh. It was also discovered that necrophagous insects had pierced the Euthabag in 6 places to carry out their work. We will soon know more in 2018 when the first exhumation will take place.
Euthabag is ecological.
Since the vast majority of Euthabags will end their lives in incineration, it was imperative that they didn’t contain vinyl or chlorinated compounds nor produce dioxins or furans at incineration.
Euthabag is made in part from post-consumer recycled material (PCRM) containing NO heavy metals, unlike that of industrial-recycled material. The proportion of PCRM in Euthabag varies between 10 and 40% depending on the size: the higher the percentage of PCRM, the more fragile the fabric becomes. Our long-term goal at Euthabag is to find a solution where we can increase this proportion of recycled material while maintaining the products resistance.
The glue used in Euthabag is made from up to 50% of resin Rosine, a vegetal resin, and 50% polymer resin (styrene butadiene), which is considered a synthetic rubber. This mixture forms a powerful adhesive free of volatile organic compounds.
The white screen printing ink used is water-based.
5 ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS of Euthabag
- The Necrophagous insects and microorganisms have access to the remains to decompose the body and eliminate the body fluids.
The remains are contained.
The bag contains no heavy metals or chlorinated compounds that can leach into the environment.
The glue and ink that are used are safe for the environment.
It contains post-consumer recycled material.