CuanTec has been lucky enough to be invited to many recent forums for discussion about environmental matters, circular economy and also the very prominent issues around plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution is not an issue that can be swept under the landfill for much longer. We need to ALL discuss, air and educate on this.

Petroleum based plastic is a permanent toxin for the environment unless it is burnt – and that is a process that requires specialist supervision and attention to ensure that toxic gases are not released into the atmosphere.

If plastic goes into landfill, it sits there doing not a lot, often wrapped around food scraps, preventing the natural process of breakdown for the contents. Eventually it will decompose and begin to degrade – the time length being dependent on the type of plastic, the heat, the opportunity for exposure to sunlight.

Given our changing climate there is the risk that plastic buried in landfill could be washed out unexpectedly into rivers and find its way into the wider environment or oceans.

The breakdown process can and will only result in microplastic – it will not be absorbed into the soil, it will not sustain growth of plants or replenish the world.

Microplastic is fragments of plastic, sometimes microscopic in size, but often a couple of millimetres in diameter. It is small enough to be eaten by fish even by krill and plankton. It is already finding its way into almost all sea life, with almost all fish containing microplastic in their guts.

There is a growing pool of evidence that microplastic can cause reaction in the human immune system. Could this be one of the triggers of IBS?

Even if plastic is properly disposed of, not all countries or locations have the infrastructure required to handle the recycling process. Europe isn’t perfect on this, but it is leagues better than areas with less sophisticated infrastructure.

There are some excellent projects on-going that take plastic and creates useful new products. Trainers, roads and jewellery are among the most obvious and popular new destinations. Even if recycling is possible and available there is a finite number of times that repurposing is possible – eventually the threat of breakdown into microplastic.

Instead we believe that all food packaging should be compostable. It should be able to breakdown easily and bring nutrients back to the environment. Composting solves many problems – food packaging doesn’t need to be washed off and can be put into the composting bin along with the food scraps. It would also make the handling of waste management issues much easier.  If it has touched food, then it must be compostable. Non-compostable plastic caught up in the compostable stream could be extracted later, when it doesn’t decay.

Check this out for more plastic statistics information : http://ribble-pack.co.uk/environment/plastic-packaging-statistics

Finally CuanTec have got the webshop up and open for business.

This is a major milestone for us as a company. This is our first group of products that we can offer to the market.

We have chitosan obtained from the clear, pure waters of the North Atlantic from langoustine. This enables us to provide product which is naturally free from heavy metal ions and is of highest possible purity.

We are the only company offering langoustine chitin and chitosan. We extract chitin through an environmentally friendly biological process that is truly zero waste and uses only a third of the energy of the traditional chemistry process. This process is unique, it’s the technology that CuanTec has developed over the past 18 months and it proves extremely long polymer chains.

When this is deactylated to chitosan (through another proprietary method, using substantially less NaOH than usual) and providing chitosan with >95% DD.

These extremely long polymer chains, with a very high level of exposed tertiary nitrogens has been proven in our lab to have exceptional anti-microbial activity against both gram +ve and gram-ve pathogens.

CuanTec USP

  • Pure Chitin and Chitosan from North Atlantic waters
  • Langoustine source
  • Ultra-high Molecular Weight
  • High Degree of Deactylation
  • Exceptionally high antimicrobial activity
  • Every order with batch number and CoA

 

CuanTec can provide standard quantities indicated through the shop but can also provide other quantities, or chitin and chitosan derivatives if you email us direct for pricing information.

CuanTec was pleased to welcome MSP Graham Simpson to the BioCity labs on Monday to see first-hand our solution to plastic pollution - a compostable, antimicrobial bioplastic made from fisheries waste.

 Graham spent a couple of hours viewing the facilities and was keen to understand the benefits of this new technology for the future wellbeing of Scotland and the planet! 

We look forward to his continued and active support particularly to ensure that the best compostibility strategies are adopted for future waste processing.