Wilhelm Marschall, Pivet’s chief technology officer who has been studying the Toto-Toa material for the past four years, says it has been validated by Intertek, an international product testing and certification company, and has been tested at the ASTM D5511 and ISO 15985 standard test methods. These laboratory tests reproduced the conditions of the landfill and found that after six months, a little more than 25 percent of the thermoplastic polyurethane and polycarbonate incubated in Toto-Toa, respectively, biodegraded.
“The test data show a consistent trend in biodegradation and if we take that trend and extrapolate it, we can predict that in a landfill environment, the material must be completely biodegraded in less than two years,” says Marschall.
Better yet, Marschall says that, unlike some compostable plastics such as polylactic acid (PLA) or polybutylene adipose terephthalate (PBAT), the Toto-Toa material does not require a controlled environment to initiate biodegradation. And as Toto-Toa is bonded with the plastic, it states that the material does not leave microplastics after the biodegradation process. Microplastics are everywhere, yes the ocean and precipitation to humans and also pacifiers, although it is unclear exactly how harmful pollutants are to our health.
To highlight the Toto-Toa material and its ecological benefits, Pivet is collaborating with The Ocean Agency, a non-profit organization that promotes ocean conservation, and whose work is highlighted in the Netflix documentary, Coral Hunting. To begin today with World Ocean Day, a part of each Blue Pivet Ocean Aspect Case sold will go to the agency to support ocean conservation.
It is part of a wider outreach initiative since the Decade of Ocean Science for the Sustainable Development of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that was launched this year, of which the Ocean Agency is a partner. The initiative, better known as Ocean Decade, aims to foster and strengthen ocean research, conservation, collaboration and management to encourage the sustainable use of its resources and reverse the declining health of the ocean.
“The idea is to put a spotlight on the ocean – it’s the biggest global problem with the least support – at the government level in terms of sustainable development goals,” he says Richard Vevers, founder and CEO of The Ocean Agency. “It’s really about raising awareness and supporting action, especially at the government level.”
The Ocean Agency is not your typical charity. It partners with businesses to raise awareness of ocean conservation, such as its 2014 plan Street View project with Google, which brought specialized cameras 360 degrees underwater to capture coral reefs in stunning detail for someone to see. In partnership with the brands, Vevers says the agency is able to fund its various programs, such as raising ocean literacy, campaigning for ocean protection, and developing a new one. camera technology to monitor the water environment.
“Companies have the power, they have the public,” he says. “It’s really when you have brands on board that governments take a note. That’s why it’s so important that conservation organizations work with companies. It’s often seen that you can’t work with companies because the business is a problem and I absolutely believe it’s totally wrong. Business is where innovation happens; business is where influence happens. If we’re going to have mainstream support, we need to work with companies. ”
Pivet’s Aspect Case for iPhone 12 uses the Toto-Toa material and its new Ocean Blue color is inspired by the corals that incandescent blue, yellow or violent to survive underwater heat waves due to climate change. Later this year and in subsequent years, Pivet plans to release more Ocean Blue homes and products, continuing to donate a portion of the proceeds to The Ocean Agency.
Biodegradable plastics and microbes that consume plastics are a hot research area, and Pivet is far from the only company working on solutions. Less, a startup called Polymateria he created a plastic film, intended for use as packaging, which can be broken down in a year and even recycled. By 2020, researchers have discovered superenzymes that can degrade plastic bottles six times faster than before.
“The technology has been around for a long time, but through testing, I’ve been able to find the right balance of ingredients and the right balance of plastics,” says Marschall. “You can’t just make a plastic biodegradable, you have to adapt the ingredients or technology to a specific plastic type. It’s like baking a cake. Everyone has the same ingredients, but because of your relationships and your knowledge. do it, you can have a cake that tastes better than someone else’s cake. ”