Bioplastics International, an Arizona based company, received US Patent Pending for the world’s first and only water soluble sugar cane Polyvinyl Alcohol, to replace a large portion of the world’s plastics.
Polyvinyl Alcohol, or PVA, is a hydrophilic, synthetic polymer, which dissolves in any kind of water, however, is stronger than most plastics. It is resistant to grease, oils, solvents, even gasoline. Bioplastics International manufactures sugar cane PVA pellets, packaging films, cling films, fiber, and many products, such as supermarket bags, laundry bags, produce bags, hotel amenity bottles, laundry pods, flushable toilet seat covers, and many more.
Garrett Valentino, CEO of Bioplastics International said, “Until now, all PVA has been made from fossil fuel natural gas. When fossil fuel carbon dioxide enters the ocean, it dissolves in saltwater. First, it forms carbonic acid. Then, this carbonic acid breaks apart, producing bicarbonate ions and hydrogen ions. Ocean acidification results from an increased concentration of hydrogen ions and a reduction in carbonate ions due to the absorption of increased amounts of CO2. This results in the death of shellfish, corals, plankton, and other sea life. The pH levels of our oceans are lowered, and fish have a difficult time breathing.”
“Our sugar cane PVA fiber exactly mimics the toxic cellulose acetate currently used in cigarette filters. They could dissolve in the ocean or in the rain, to bio carbon dioxide gas (similar to what we exhale) and water”, said Valentino.
“Our sugar cane PVA contains no toxins, no chemicals, no heavy metals, and no plastics. Is non toxic to animals, it can be eaten by fish, birds, marine and land mammals. It will safely pass through their digestive systems, and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of living creatures from death by ingesting plastic ” said George Liu, Executive Vice President.