Why should we use biodegradable and recyclable substrates?

Over 93% of all printed plastic ends up in landfill.


The biodegradable plastics Ecorite Imaging uses are engineered to decompose only after they enter the waste stream. In landfills they biodegrade quickly and safely (anaerobically) without any additional sorting, transporting, processing, treatment, or energy investment.

If biodegradable plastics end up in the ground or the ocean, microbes will also naturally convert them (aerobically) into non-toxic bio-gas and bio-mass within about 5-7 years. (About the same amount of time it takes a tree branch to fully decompose on the forest floor.)

Most plastic can be upcycled, and should be recycled. However, commercial processers typically focus only on the few polymers that are most profitable to recycle. Usually, printed plastics are not suitable for profitable recycling programs. Until better and more pervasive recycling of plastic is available, using biodegradable polymers is a viable, environmentally responsible solution for reducing the volume of plastic in landfills and throughout the environment.


Printing on biodegradable plastics with eco-friendly inks, (UV Cured, Eco-Solvents, Plant-Based Solvents, etc.) further reduces the ecological footprint of Ecorite Imaging finished graphics.

Using biodegradable and recycled substrates reduces the overall environmental impact of display graphics.



Aren't eco-friendly print solutions more expensive than traditional methods?

Not always. Recycled plastic is often cheaper than virgin material but, due to the existing distribution model, this doesn’t always result in savings. However, because Ecorite Imaging only uses biodegradable and recyclable materials, we can offer our eco-friendly solutions at prices comparable to traditional products.



Do Ecorite Imaging’s biodegradable substrates and display graphics hold up over time?

Of course. The durability and material properties of Ecorite Imaging’s biodegradable solutions are identical to traditional plastic substrates. The only difference is that once our biodegradable materials reach the waste stream, they decompose naturally over a short period of time, leaving no toxins in the environment.

Traditional plastic substrates remain permanently in the environment, essentially unchanged at best. Often, plastic is harmful to the eco-system it winds up in, even when it does begin to breakdown.



What about print quality on Ecorite Imaging’s materials?

Each of our materials was first developed as a premium print-on-plastic solution for display graphics, credit or loyalty cards, laminates etc.. Decades of experience in printable plastics have been combined with new advances in technology to create a wide range of material solutions that offer superior print quality and reduced environmental impact.



Are Ecorite Imaging’s biodegradable substrates recyclable?



All biodegradable materials from Ecorite Imaging are recyclable with any similar plastics rated as numbers 1–7.


When biodegradable substrates are recycled with similar plastics, they can be up-cycled continually without degradation to the resulting material’s physical properties. Combined recycled polymers are not biodegradable.