Stahlbush Frozen Berries – NOT plastic-free (psych!)

3/15/2012 – Please see comments to this post from Beth Terry and Stahlbush. The liner is petroleum-based.

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100% Biodegradable package

100% biodegradable package

100% biodegradable packaging. Tough to find in the frozen food aisle! This company is working hard to be sustainable – they even make the own electricity from their own biogas plant. Wow.

www.stahlbush.com

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4 Responses to Stahlbush Frozen Berries – NOT plastic-free (psych!)

  1. Hi. This must be new packaging because the last time I checked Stalhbush, there was a plastic lining inside the paper package. Have they changed it?

  2. Hi again. I researched the Stahlbush biodegradable bags. They ARE in fact made with petroleum-based plastic. Here’s my report that I just posted today:

    http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/03/stahlbush-biodegradable-frozen-fruits-and-vegetables-bag-its-plastic/

    Honestly? I never believe any company’s claims without fact checking. There’s just too much confusion and greenwashing out there.

  3. Emily says:

    Stahlbush Island Farms has added a 100% biodegradable bag with a petroleum-based liner made with a biodegradable additive that will break down in approximately 9 months to 5 years in nearly all landfills. The reason for the gap in time that it takes to break down is because the amount of microbes available in the soil varies depending on the location meaning that soil conditions determine the rate of degradation. The microbes in the soil react with the additives in the liner and form communities, called biofilms, which create the enzymes and acids that can attack the long chain hydrocarbon molecules and break them down to the point that the microbes’ natural acids and enzymes can take over and the microbes can metabolize the simple hydrocarbons and release CO2 and water or methane as waste products. This process continues until the entire plastic product is fully biodegraded. The packaging returns to the environment not as small particles, but as biomass and humus. The lamination does not contain heavy metals unlike most oxodegradeble products. The FDA compliant additive that is in the liner is less then 2% of the entire liner and does not pose a toxic threat to the product or the environment. At Stahlbush Island Farms we are committed to sustainability: a lifestyle of farming for the future where we are constantly striving to improve. Please let me know if you have any further questions, as I would be more than happy to answer them.

    Emily Hall
    Marketing Associate
    Stahlbush Island Farms

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