eBadges launch biodegradable trial offering

eBadges launch biodegradable trial offering

As a mark of commitment to eco-responsible practices, the UK’s top badge-making manufacturers, eBadges, has announced a trial of more sustainable, biodegradable badges.

The company’s first step into biodegradable offerings will be the introduction of its 25mm open-back badge. The fronts, ring and pin are all made out of recyclable metal, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators. The mylar, which was previously a plastic film which sits on top of the badge artwork to give it a professional finish, will now be made from polylactic acid (PLA) which is both biodegradable and compostable. PLA can be constantly renewed as it is processed from natural resources like cornstarch, as opposed to an oil-based petroleum plastic, which is commonly used within badges.

The bags which the badge components are packaged in, will also be made from biodegradable polymer, which can be composted for sustainable purposes.

The company is currently planning to go live with the trial in January 2020. Schools, colleges, marketers, events companies and craft makers are all among those who currently purchase the machines and components from eBadges and will benefit from the sustainable development. When businesses want to dispose of the badges, they will need to send them to a commercial facility to speed up the decomposition process.

Biodegradable packaging can reduce water usage, imperishables sitting in landfills, solid waste, and emissions. It also lowers expenses with the packaging process.

Andrew Vear, Owner at eBadges said:

“Customers want companies to reflect their own values, and sustainability and the environment is a pressing issue right now. We need to reduce landfill and throwaway culture, and this more eco-friendly packaging is the first step to sustainably overhaul our processes.

“We wanted to make a difference, and if we can get more people to use more sustainable materials, that’s only a good thing. It’s a small step, but it’s a step that makes a difference.”

eBadges is a family business which has a world-wide client base and has achieved No.1  status for supplying badge-making machines across Europe and the UK.

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