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“There’s Plastic..Then There’s Plastic.” Veggie-Plastic CEO, Joins Clamor for Elimination of Single-Use Plastic Bags.


“Plastic waste is a problem as big as the oceans where so much of it ends up killing wildlife and causing growth abnormalities in sea life such as shrimps,” commented Castagra Products, Inc. CEO Peter Roosen.

“We got along very well before the advent of plastic bags and plastic containers. There are hundreds of millions of people worldwide who remember how pretty well all food ended up in a brown paper bag for taking home.

“Then, in came disposable plastic bags and bottles to supposedly make our lives easier when shopping. Bubble wrap this, shrink wrap plastic that feels like one is tying to break into Fort Knox. It’s all gone crazy, so hats off to India announcing it is going to ban single-use plastic in 2022.”

Roosen said, along with India, there has been the announcement by the Swedish furniture chain Ikea that it is to phase out all single-use plastic products from its stores and restaurants by 2020.
Ikea will target plastic straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, bin bags, and plastic-coated paper plates and cups and, where possible, replace them with alternatives.

Governments in more than 60 countries have introduced levies and bans to combat single-use plastic waste.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about enforcement of the bans. India had a national ban on non-compostable plastic bags in 2016, but, according to a report, there has been very poor enforcement in places like New Delhi. To see Ikea take such a lead in the corporate world, is very important as they have such enormous credibility.”

Roosen says he is not being hypocritical in producing a veggie-plastic coating product that is often involved in one-time applications.

“It’s made from renewable castor oil and potentially recyclable soft rock gypsum that naturally occurs in many parts of the world. We polymerize the oil and gypsum and produce and robust material that is biologically inert with zero oestrogenic effects. It is also completely non-toxic, and free of VOCs and BPA.”

Ecodur, as it is called, is on the insides of hundreds of oil and production water tanks, and in water and wasterwater facilities, as well on countless floors and roofs. It is so pure that it has an ANSI/NSF-61 rating for contact with drinking water for humans.

It is highly resistant to a wide variety of industrial chemicals and 25-year brine tests have shown no measurable degradation.

“Our products are protective. We dramatically extend the useful lives of roofs, floors and facilities that, while saving money, also save energy. Because our product molecularly binds with cellulosic materials, it might be that we have some future role in helping create a solution to the elimination of harmful plastics,” observed Roosen.

“So often innovation can come back to haunt us. What seems at the time like a benign and brilliant solution to a problem, decades can elapse and then it all comes back to haunt us like asbestos, DDT, PVC, PCBs, dioxins etc.

“Right now single-use plastics are firmly in the headlights and deservedly so, but, with a 100,000 new chemical compounds introduced into consumer goods in the past half century, there are many nasty surprises still to come, so this is just a start.

“At the end of the day, it really boils down to how much we the individual are prepared to pay and sacrifice for a much cleaner and healthier environment. We cannot rely on government agencies to protect us,” concluded Roosen.