Tuesday, June 05, 2012: 03:38:19 PM

UL Environment Adds Biodegradability Claims to Revised Standard for Garbage Bags and Retail Bags

UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), launched its revised third-party environmental plastic film standard UL 126. This multi-attribute standard will serve as the basis of a UL certification that recognises environmentally preferable garbage bags and retail bags.

‘Manufacturers of plastic bags, as well as retailers that use plastic bags, are facing increased scrutiny as customers demand more environmentally responsible goods and as the Federal Trade  Commission tightens its Green Guide rulings on claims of recycled content and biodegradability’, says Angela Griffiths, Head of Operations at UL Environment. ‘The revised UL Environment standard for plastic film products now provides manufacturers and retailers with a credible means to back their environmental claims and receive recognition for their progress’.

UL 126 now includes testing requirements for biodegradability claims, an updated section on recycled content and new criteria for socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing. The standard also requires that certified plastic film not contain intentionally-added hazardous heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium.

UL 126 is applicable to plastic bags used for garbage, groceries, retail shopping, as well as industrial sacks, liners, agricultural films, among others. At this time, ‘oxo-degradable’ and ‘oxobiodegradable’ plastic film products are not allowed to certify to the standard, as the environmental impacts of these products degradation in the environment are still largely unknown.

For further details please contact:
UL Environment Inc., USA

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