Avery Dennison Corporation Fastener Solution has developed a fully degradable apparel tag fasteners.
The company claims that these completely degrade within 1 year of exposure to soil microorganism without leaving behind micro plastics or harmful substance.
The latest bio-PP fastener has been manufactured using proprietary blend of polypropylene material and has also been tested for environmental performance by independent plastic expert Impact Solutions.
A regular polypropylene fastener takes around 20-30 years to break down, while a normal plastic bag takes around 20 years to decompose based on additional environmental conditions and leaving behind adverse micro plastics.
“Plastic fasteners, which attach price tags and other product information to garments, are on 90 per cent of the approximately 80 billion garments manufactured each year. That adds up to a whole lot of plastic — equivalent to the amount of plastic found in 761,581,156 single-serve, half-litre PET water bottles,” explained Dan Riendeau, Senior Marketing Manager, Global Packaging and Retail, Avery Dennison Fastener Solutions.
This development can be a game changer for the brands and retailers looking out for various ways to reduce the environmental footprint.
The company also launched Ecotach line of recycled fasteners from Avery Dennison earlier in April this year.
Through the innovation, the company was focusing on to support the brands advance their circularity initiatives and adopt more sustainable manufacturing practices.