ECO CHEF Sustainable Foodservice, is launching its 100% Biodegradable & Recyclable PET Bottle at the Durban ECO CHEF EXPO scheduled mid 2012. The “BIO PET” bottle has been made possible through the American based firm ENSO Plastics. The ENSO™ additive makes plastic products 100% biodegradable within a time span of 1-5 years, breaking down into biomass with no harmful residue to the environment. Furthermore the additive doesn’t need water or air to become biodegradable. The plastic breaks down through microbial action into biogas and inert humus, leaving behind no harmful materials.
ECO CHEF Sustainable Foodservice is a company with a mission to improve the environment through innovative packaging. ECO CHEF’s “BIO PET” provides a solution through the engineering of an additive technology allowing polymers to be recyclable and if exposed to a biomass concentration, such as encountered in the active zones in a landfill, to naturally biodegrade. In order for plastics to properly break down, tiny microscopic organisms must find the discarded products an irresistible morsel, and begin consuming it bite by bite.
Only then, can the item be broken down entirely. Traditional plastics are unattractive to microbes and therefore inedible. Many products on the market claim to be biodegradable but are in fact only compostable and are unable to degrade in a landfill environment, or the product simply breaks down into smaller pieces (plastic flakes). Our bottle is comprised of organic materials designed to attract microbial activity. These microorganisms upon consuming the ENSO additive material excrete enzymes that weaken and depolymerize the plastic. The final result is biogases and inert humus.
Environmentally Friendly Kitchen Operations:
You can cater for a 1000, but are you lost when it comes to going green in your kitchen! ECO CHEF provides educational presentations, workshops and seminars on topics of green foodservice operations from farm to fork. These range from half hour presentations to full day workshops. The hospitality industry per square meter, is the most energy intensive commercial sector in South Africa. Our workshop will provide information on sustainable foodservice by reducing kitchen waste whilst being environmentally responsible. Preventing waste, will cut your food cost, labour and refuse bill considerably, thus a good waste management system can have a significant impact on your establishment’s bottom line.